Alastair Borthwick is remembered for his heroics in the Second World War. He was a seasoned journalist and an organizer of exhibitions. He was an admired man in the Scottish Press due to his connections with the working class in Scotland. Many remember him for his novel, Always a little Further.
In the Second World War, he rose through the ranks from just a normal soldier to a captain. Most of his work was inspired by this achievement as well as mountaineering. He spent most of his time in service in Sicily, Western Desert, and Europe. During the war in 1945, he led his camp to fight the 51st Highlanders division. These men were about 600 of them. It was in the dark that he led them behind their enemy’s lines, the Germans. By this time he was already a Lance Corporal. These acts of boldness showed that he was not as soft as his readers thought of him.
The time he had spent hill climbing had prepared him to participate in the war. These skills of navigation helped him lead his unit through the hard terrain and successfully reaching to grounds they were safe. During the war, he was involved with different camps both in Western Europe and North Africa.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Ayrshire in the year 1913. At the age of 11, his family moved to Glasgow. Here attended school and at 16 he left school to for work at the Evening Times working as a copytaker. He was then promoted to work as Glasgow weekly herald. He had many duties to perform at the firm including editing of children, Women, and films, coming up with crossword and answering the readers’ questions.
It was here that he got to learn hill climbing as an activity. In the year 1935, Alastair Borthwick started working for the Daily Mirror in London. He later joined BBC in the radio broadcasting department. His career blossomed at BBC. He worked for BBC between 1935 and 1995. He was also a member of different clubs and died aged 90 years old.