Combined 48 years of service to ACF

January 17, 2023

Two Ross-shire Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteers have been recognised for their commitment to the young people of Ross-shire with a combined service of 48 years between them.

Lieutenant Callum Campbell (59) and Sergeant Major Instructor Lorraine Woolley (58), from 1st Battalion The Highlanders’ Ross Company, were recently presented with clasps to the Cadet Forces Medal at a Ross Company Training Weekend in Dingwall.

The Cadet Forces Medal is awarded to all officers and uniformed Adult Instructors in recognition of long service of proved capacity in the Cadet Forces. The medal is awarded after 12 years of service to the Cadet Forces, with an additional clasp for every six years of further service.

Lt Campbell, who is a Detachment Commander for the Company’s Portree Detachment, was presented with the 1st Clasp of the Cadet Force Medal which recognises 18 years of service to the organisation. Callum first joined the organisation in September 1996 where he rose through the adult ranks and was appointed as the Battalion’s Regimental Sergeant Major in 2002. In October 2006, due to work commitments, Callum transferred to 2nd Battalion The Highlanders where he became an officer and was appointed as the Battalion’s First Aid Officer as well as the Detachment Commander for Peterhead. In 2012 Callum had to leave the cadets due to work commitments, but the door was always kept open for him to return, which he did in 2018 when he rejoined the 1st Battalion in Portree as an instructor. He was appointed as its Commander in 2018.

Lt Campbell receiving the 1st Clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross & Cromarty, marking 18 years of service to the ACF.

SMI Woolley (main image) who is Shooting Officer for Ross Company, was presented with the 3rd Clasp to the medal which recognised 30 years of service to the Cadets. Lorraine is the Battalion’s longest serving female Adult Instructor, having joined the Cadets in 1992 as an instructor with the Battalion’s Inverness Company. Lorraine is well known in the cadet shooting world and is part of the Battalion Target Rifle Coaching Team which has seen her take cadets to represent the Battalion in the Inter-Service Cadet Target Rifle Meeting at Bisley Ranges in Surrey.

Both instructors were presented with their Clasps by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross & Cromarty, Mrs Joanie Whiteford during the company’s Annual Awards Dinner held in December at Dingwall in front of the cadets and adults of Ross Company.