David’s family lived in Blantyre which is about 10 miles from Glasgow. It was holiday work.
His father was a Senior Officer in the Health Department and his mother was a well-qualified nurse. His mother had trained from 1915-1916 in Newcastle. When she got married she had to give up work. Later on she was called up in 1939 at the outbreak of WW2 to care for wounded soldiers. His mother continued to work after the work ended. His father ran the Senior Ambulance Service and was present at the Clydebank Blitz.
During the war years when David was 9/10 he would travel around picking up salvage, particularly Aluminium. He found it lying in the street. He didn’t get paid. It was just a good deed. David’s first job was holiday work working in Blantyre during a week-long traffic survey. David qualified as a doctor from Glasgow University in 1955. His second job was as a Junior Medical Officer at Stobhill hospital on 1st August 1955. He became a pediatric specialist at Northampton General Hospital. He took a medical diploma in public health (DPH). In 1974 he came to work in Moray as the District Medical Officer. His work included infectious diseases, public health and looked after radiography organising their work.
In retirement David continues to be active in his community.
He is Clerk to the Parish Church Board dealing with the management of the Bellie Church. This includes the pastoral and the secular work (housekeeping, building, money and cleaners).
He is on the Local Community Council, the Development Association for Fochabers and finally the Village Association which organises the yearly gala.
On the nights of 13 and 14 March 1941, German bombers attacked the munitions factories and shipyards of Clydeside. Education Scotland have more information on their website (see left).
Bert started work in 1951 at the age of 15. His first job was for Moray the Bakers in Fochabers. He was trained on the job. Part of his job was as a delivery boy on the 6 a.m. roll van. He was dropped off in Garmouth with a wicker basket. The van went to Kingston delivering from door to door while Bert went around the houses in Garmouth. He had a regular route and people knew he was coming. They knew he was coming and they had their light on. In the basket were butteries, plain loaves, long pan and soft rolls. They used the bread for their breakfast. After the deliveries Bert went home for his breakfast.
The local route was Garmouth, Kingston and Urquhart. There were other vans which went to Speyside and along the coast. There was also a van for Fort William and a monthly biscuit van which went up to Thurso. In all there were 16 vans travelling around the country including four to the RAF camps of Pinefield, kinloss and Darnaway Estate (home for boys). In the biscuit van were sponges, swiss rolls, perkins (round, hard ginger biscuits), hardies (butter biscuits), shortbread, Christmas cakes (in season) and winnies (though Smiths the Bakes in Elgin were the favourite place for these). Winnies were like butter biscuits.
Memory contributed by Bert Hay from Dufftown
To find recipes for Hardie biscuits search for Hardies or Hardees.
Phyllis worked as a shorthand typist in Fochabers. She had trained for the job and it was well paid at £2 5/- per week. The job involved shorthand and typing, filing and the usual office duties. She got two weeks holiday a year.
John started his working life at Christies Nurseries in Fochabers in 1952 at the age of 16. He stayed there for four years and then went to work on the Seafield estate in the office.
He did his National Service when he was 21-22 yrs old based at Blanford.
He then decided to train as an engineer, working for Jones of Buckie. He earned £2 a week doing this. His pay went up every year until he was on £6 a week after six years. He also worked for McDuff Engineering Company.
From his youth he remembers being outside a lot and cutting “morning sticks” = kindling to earn pocket money.
Ann went to work for Baxters in 1939. She was 15 years old. In the afternoons she was sent to work in the factory. She left to go to work for Murray the Bakers as a clerkist in the office. She had found the office at Baxters to be small. She remembers being paid £2 a week in 1945. When she got married she stopped work. She could have gone back to work at the bakery after she got married. There were a few married women in the bakery. Later on after she had children she went back to Baxters to work in the office.
George started his working life for Christie’s Garden Centre in Fochabers. His work started at 8 o’clock and finished at 5 o’clock with lunch at 12. He enjoyed working outdoors. In his spare time he played football.