Scottish Soldier and Author, Alastair Borthwick

Born in February 1913, Alastair Borthwick is a well renowned Scottish author and broadcaster. He grew up in Troon before relocating to Glasgow for his high school education at Glasgow High. He dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to work at Evening Times as a copytaker.

He later secured a job at the Glasgow Weekly Herald where he was tasked to write on a variety of topics. When he was working on his articles, he discovered the traditional activity of rock climbing.

He started to write about the business and included hitchhiking and camping in his column. The game started gaining popularity among many people at that time. He later published his first book in the year 1939, Always a Little further.

Alastair Borthwick worked in North Africa, Sicily, and Western Europe with the British Army. Before joining the troop, he had served as a private with the Highland Light Infantry. Owing to his vast experience in OTC, he was selected to work as a lieutenant. Despite the commission, he waited till 1941 to work as a lance corporal.

He was appointed to serve as a unit Intelligence Officer. Due to his hard work and dedication, he rose to become the leader of the troop. Early in the year 1941, he was moved to the Reconnaissance Corps. He was later transferred in October 1944 to the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. One of his most good moments was when he successfully led a battalion of more than 600 soldiers in Holland without a map.

After the war, Alastair Borthwick began working on his second book referred to as San Peur. In the year 1994, it was republished as Battalion. San Peur, details on the history of the second world war. It is considered a particular book since it contains first-hand information from a junior soldier.

Alastair Borthwick ventured into his career as a television presenter and radio broadcaster. He also wrote on a wide range of topics during his time. He is remembered to have written multiple articles on Joseph McCarthy and Bonnie Prince. When asked about his favorite work, he picked The Scottish Soldier. Find out more about Borthwick by going to Facebook.

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