Alastair Borthwick is a veteran who will be remembered for his vast talents as a historian, broadcaster, and journalist. He also made a lot of contributions to national exhibitions. He was a man who always believed in doing a little extra.
A closer look at the life of Alastair Borthwick
His book Always a Little Further published in 1939 was the highlight of his career. Alastair Borthwick was known to relish the Scottish working class. During the Second World War, he centered his activities on hill and mountain climbing. The skills he acquired during this time were instrumental in his role as an infantry soldier and later army captain.
While serving in the army, he was based in Europe, the Western Desert, and Sicily. Alastair Borthwick was in the 51st Highland Division’s 5th Seafront Highlanders. He took the lead in 1945 when he led his troupe at night across Germany to Venlo. His role in the army changed the narrative of him being a calm writer to a fierce warrior. At the age of 90 years, he died having achieved so much. Apart from Always a Little Further, he has written Sans Peur, a book based on the events in the Second World War. This artist has left behind a lot to be desired.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Troon, Ayrshire. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Glasgow where he enrolled to school only to drop out at 16. He later joined the Evening Times and then Glasgow Weekly Herald. While working for this media house, he was involved in a variety of activities such as developing the crossword, editing content, and responding to queries.
While working with this paper, he began to generate interest in mountaineering. At the time, Scotland was going through a phase of unemployment which made people spend a significant amount of their time strolling at the hills. In 1935, the Daily Mirror offered him a job in London, but he quit a year later to join BBC. For years he worked as a radio presenter alongside professionals like James Fergusson. Over time, he joined the Empire Exhibition where he became part of some of the most famous shows.