Alastair Borthwick, Former Scottish Author and Radio Presenter

Born and brought up in Rutherglen, Alastair Borthwick was a radio presenter, broadcaster and author. He was raised in Troon and later proceeded to Glasgow for his education. He dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to work as a copytaker for Evening Times. He then secured a full-time job at the Glasgow Weekly Herald as an all-around writer.

While working at the Weekly Herald, he revived the activity of rock climbing which had been shunned away by many. He also incorporated hitchhiking and camping in his central column. Due to his efforts, the business would soon gain popularity amongst the young people and camping enthusiasts. In an article from, it mentioned that Borthwick’s writing motivated him to publish his first book in the year 1939 Always called a Little Further.

Alastair Borthwick was interested in the army during his time. He worked alongside the British Army in Sicily, North Africa, and Western Europe. Before joining the troop, he served as a private with the Highland Light Infantry. During the start of World War II, he was commissioned to serve as a lieutenant due to his experience in OTC.

Despite the call, he had to wait for two years to serve as a lance corporal. In the battlefield, he also worked as a unit intelligence officer. Due to his hard work and commitment, he rose up the ranks to become the troop’s captain.

In early 1941, he was appointed to work with the Reconnaissance Corps. He was later transferred to the 5th Seaforth Highlanders in the year 1944. In the Netherlands, Alastair Borthwick is famous to have led an army of 600 soldiers without a map.

Once the second world war came to a halt, Alastair Borthwick began working on his second book, San Peur.

The book was later republished as Battalion in the year 1994. The book details the events of the war from a junior soldier’s point of view.

He decided to venture on his career in radio broadcasting and writing. He wrote and presented on a wide array of issues. He was later appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the year 1952.

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