Alastair Borthwick: Taking War And Literature A Little Further

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Business, Business Leader | Posted on 10-10-2018

It is not every day that you see a lieutenant engage in writing literary articles and excelling in both. Both tasks are demanding enough but not for the famous Glaswegian author and war Lieutenant Alastair Borthwick. Borthwick was a humorist, journalist, and broadcaster. He also served as an intelligence officer for the Seaforth Highlanders, 5th Caithness and Sutherland battalion. This was during the Second World War.

Alastair Borthwick was born Rutherglen on the 17th of February 1913. He attended Glasgow high school but left at age 16. He joined Glasgow Herald to work as copytaker. He then became an editor and finally a writer for the Glasgow Herald’s “Open Air” page.

In the “Open Air” page, Alastair Borthwick wrote about rock climbing, hitchhiking and camping in caves. His humoristic accounts of these outdoor activities attracted many readers to the page.

These collections of articles about working-class Glaswegian taking up rock climbing activities during the weekend led to a book. The book titled, “Always a Little further,” recounts rock climbing and camping in caves by the working class people of Glasgow. These mountaineering activities were also taken up by the poor.

“Always a Little further” was Alastair Borthwick’s first book.

Borthwick also served in the British Army. He served as a private in the Highland Light Infantry. He worked as a Battalion intelligence officer, as a captain, and as a war substantive lieutenant. Also, he served in the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. While at work at Seaforth, Colonel John Sym tasked him with writing a Battalion history. This excited him so much because he loved writing.

Alastair Borthwick wrote a Battalion history and titled it, “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.” The book got a positive response from readers across the globe, hence cementing his writing prowess.

His love for writing saw him leave the British Army to go and work as a journalist. He worked for the BBC. He also worked for Grampian TV where he produced half-hour programmes.

In 1952, He received New Year honour as the officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE). This was for organizing an engineer exhibition during the Festival of Britain.

Read this: https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Alastair_Borthwick

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