Alastair Borthwick is both revered and remembered for his military service, historical literature, and exposition of Glaswegian society. As a proponent of working class interests, his writing shed light on a subculture of sporting enthusiasm, particularly on the growing popularity of hitchhiking, polo, rock climbing cave dossing or camping. His 1939 effort Always A Little Further chronicled the life and times of Glassgow “east-enders” in the beginning of the 20th Century, and their participation in the societal shift toward broader curiosities which were previously unexlored on such a wide scale. Gleeming knowledge from his employment at the Glassgow Herald, his first book would become a mainstay for his community, garnering respect and acclaim from critics across Scotland. The book has enjoyed publuication since its inception.
Taking his love for country, and experience as a member of the Officer’s Training Cors at Glassgow High to the frontline, author Alastair Borthwick later served as orivate in the light infantry of the British forces. This adventure would take him to North Africa, the island of Sicily, and to select outposts closer to home in Western Europe. Almost snatching uo the role of Second Lieutenant, his commission was unfortunately halted. In 1941, just two years later, he became Lance-Corporal. Quickly rising in rank, he moved from this position to
Battalion Intelligence Officer to the prominent role of Captain, then back up to Lieutenant. His military claim to fame came when, towards the pivotal climax of the war, he led over 600 men on a sneak attack on the German Army in the Netherlands, a feat that undoubtedly led to his knighting as a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Alastair Borthwick and his legacy is forever sealed amongst his peers. His involvement in a critical piece of history in Europe is backed uo by his second book Sans Peur, latter known as Battalion.