A Hero to Emulate, Alastair Borthwick

Alastair Borthwick is a very famous Scottish man, who lived his life fully accomplishing many functional activities. He was a creative author, gifted broadcaster and a heroic man who lead a battalion to victory. Born in 1913 in Troon where he was raised to 11 years before him and his parents moving to Glasgow a place he attended high school. Borthwick had poor interest in formal education, but he had unmatched skills in extra curriculum activities. At the age of 16 years, he dropped out of school to work as copytaker on the Evening Times and later on he got higher ranks to work at Glasgow Weekly. Borthwick had no specific duty due to the limited workforce by then. He would work in various areas such as in writing and editing film pages related to women and children, design and compiling crosswords as well as responding to readers’ queries.

While working as a broadcaster, Borthwick created a close friendship with the locals who introduced him to hiking activities during weekends. The activity was highly involving, as the majority of the Scottish were unemployed and found the event appropriate to spend leisure and reduce stress. Borthwick used the events of mountaineering and hill climbing to compile articles in the newspaper open-air page which he later used to write his favorite book ‟Always a Little Further” which was published in 1939 with the help of T.S.Eliot.

During the outbreak of the Second World War, Borthwick participated in fighting for his country against the Germans. The mountaineering activities invigorated him, and he joined the 51st Highland Division`s 5th Highlanders servicing in North Africa and Western Europe. Borthwick become a good and loyal soldier to the battalion which made him at one point to become the captain working as the battalion intelligence officer.

Before the ending of the war, Alastair Borthwick made a remarkable achievement when he led his whole battalion of 600 men at night behind the German enemy lines. In the dawn, German waking up to find Highlanders dug behind them. Since then, Borthwick role changed, and he was given permission not to attend battalion parade anymore in exchange to write down the battalion experience.