Major Longmuir Retires After ACF Career Spanning 52 Years

26 November 2020

Major Trevor Longmuir has retired from the ACF as a uniformed volunteer 52 years after he first joined the organisation as a cadet.

A dedicated public servant, Major Longmuir has devoted his life to community service which has included working as a police officer and as an ambulance driver, as well as decades of charity work. He has served as Detachment Commander at a number of different locations, and held many other positions within the ACF, including 2IC of 1 Coy, County Signals Officer and Brigade Signals Co-ordinator.

St Martin's Plain Folkestone 1975. Trevor is back row, 6th from right, behind RSM with pace stick. Picture; Cambs ACF

Trevor joined in 1968 as a cadet at Outwell Detachment as part of what was then 3rd Battalion Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire ACF. He was a successful cadet, leaving with the rank of Cdt Staff Sgt. He has fond memories of this time, particularly reminiscing about weekend camps: ‘In those days feeding was done en masse on open fires or gas burners, 10-man ration packs, great all-in stews. We trained with Bren and Sten guns, and trusty .303” rifles were used, and blanks fired, and in those days there were no risk assessments!’

Left; Wathgill Camp Yorkshire, 1980's. Front row from right, Trevor, Mark Knight, John Beautyman, back row Tom Denton, Steve Youngs. Right; With Colonel Steve Martin, Strensall Camp 2015. Pictures; Cambs ACF.

In 1974 he became an Adult Volunteer and completed his Frimley Basic Course as a Sergeant Instructor. He was commissioned in 1978 and appointed Detachment Commander of Tydd St Giles. He went on to lead various other detachments, serving as DC at Huntingdon, Bushfield, Thorney, March and Wisbech. He said: ‘I stayed at Thorney for a number of years and it was a happy successful Detachment. We had on our doorstep the old Thorney Wildlife Park and we had almost unrestricted access to this park, which had its own water supply and buildings for shelter.’

(Then) Captain Longmuir with cadets, Wisbech Remembrance Parade 2003. Picture; Cambs ACF

Major Longmuir has become a specialist in Signals training, which began for him when he was DC of March Detachment at the time it was re-badged to The Royal Signals Corps. This encouraged him to go to Blandford (home of The Royal Signal Corps) to complete a Signals Officer Course. He went on to become a member of The County Signals Team, then County Signals Officer. His experience and success in this role lead to additional responsibilities with his most recent appointment as Brigade Signals Co-ordinator.

Trevor giving signals instruction, 2015. Picture; Cambs ACF

Trevor’s police career with Cambridgeshire Constabulary began forty years ago as a patrol officer in Peterborough. He went on to serve in Huntingdon, Thorney and Wisbech. During this time, he became an officer in the Police Support Unit (PSU) who was on call for riot control duties, in which capacity he was involved with the Miner’s Strike in 1984. In the 1990s he trained on the HOLMES computer system which was designed to join up different investigations – a problem that had previously enabled the Yorkshire Ripper to evade capture long after he had first come to the attention of the police. Shortly afterwards he trained in Counter Terrorism with The Royal Engineers at Alconbury, who taught him specialist skills in searching for bombs and hidden firearms. In 2004 he joined the Major Investigation Team and helped investigate several murders. Soon afterwards he passed his sergeant’s exam and served as acting Sergeant in charge of a number of shifts in Peterborough. He retired from the police force in 2012.

PC Longmuir waiting to receive a commendation, Hinchingbrooke 2012.

Soon after leaving the police, he began to feel that he was missing work. He said: ‘I felt like I needed to continue to do something useful.’ A friend suggested work with the Ambulance Service, which Trevor agreed to try, and he became a part-time non-emergency ambulance driver, taking patients to and from appointments.

Trevor is the holder of the Cadet Force Medal (with 3 Bars), and a Police Long-Service Medal. He was awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Good Service for his ACF work in 2016. Although he has retired from the uniformed organisation, his life-long service is far from finished. He will continue to support Wisbech Detachment as a Civilian Assistant and make his signals skills available to The County. He will also continue his work as an ambulance driver, and other duties including his role as Beadle/Mace Bearer for Wisbech Town Council

Receiving his certificate from The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, 2016.

He says: ‘I’ve really enjoyed my time with the ACF. We give youngsters a good grounding, whatever they go on to do, as with us they learn self-respect and respect for others. We have also had a lot of fun along the way.’

Former Commandant Colonel Mark Knight MBE DL said: ‘Trevor’s whole life has been in the service of the Community, as a police officer, an ACF Officer and even in retirement working with the elderly in providing transport to and from hospital. He has been a dedicated and passionate ACF Officer who has used his many years of experience to mentor more junior officers.’

Text by PI Doug Stuart

With thanks to Major Longmuir and Colonel Knight MBE DL.