Remembering Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick was a journalist, broadcaster, and author. He is mostly remembered for 2 very different books that had written. The first book was called “Always a Little Further”, and the second book was called “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” In 1994 the second book had its name changed to “Battalion, a British infantry units actions from El Alamein to the ELbe, 1942-1945”

Both books were based on his life experiences. Alastair Borthwick was born in 1913 and lived until 2003. He was born in Rutherglen, then was partly raised in Troon, then, later on, moved to Glasgow. After he had turned 16 years old, he left school to work in the Glasgow Herold newspaper. He involved himself in the “open air” page that was all about hill walking and climbing. It was the articles that he had written for this paper that he gathered and later on, created his book “Always a Little Further” which is available on Amazon.

In 1935 Alastair Borthwick moved to London to work on the “Daily Mirror” newspaper. After a brief time, he found that he didn’t like the London lifestyle. He then moved back to Glasgow working for BBC as a radio correspondent.

When World War 11 came he was commissioned into the 5th battalion (Caithness and Southerland) He was an intelligence officer. It was through these experiences that he was able to write his second book. After the war ended he moved with his wife to a few different places. In the 1970’s however, he settled for quite a few years on a hill farm. It was only 5 years before he passed that he moved to a nursing home in Beith.

Alistair Borthwick had a life full of experiences. From being a writer and journalist to being in the war. He had lived a life of adventure.

Here’s one of Borthwick’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Among-Scots-Alastair-Borthwick/dp/B000MU14SK

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