Welcome to Our Regimental Association

Welcome to our website.  Our Association exists to preserve the memory of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment and its forebears, The Devonshire Regiment and The Dorset Regiment, and to maintain the close comradeship that our members found during their service in these renowned British Army infantry regiments.  We also give our staunchest support to the new Regiment into which our Regiment was merged in 2007 - The Rifles, in which the Infantrymen of Devon and Dorset now serve.

Please browse our site to learn more about our history, objectives, organisation and activities. Our About Us and Events pages will tell you who we are, how we are organised and alert you to our future gatherings and events.

Read More :: 2014-12-06

KATE ADIE READS AT SHERBORNE ABBEY

Never have the names from the Books of Remembrance been so beautifully articulated as when Kate Adie read them to a congregation of about 60 on Friday 21st November.

Association Membership and the Members Area

Membership of our Association is open to anyone who has served with The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, its antecedent Regiments and members of our successor Regiment - The Rifles.  See our Association Rules for the full details. If you fall into any of the categories listed there you can be an Association member.  You should supply us with your details so we can add you to our Registered Members List.  Visit our Members Area page to find out how.  It only takes a minute to register and you only have to apply once.

Once you have registered, we will supply you with a password so you can log into the Members Area pages on this website.  There you will get additional Association information that is only for our members, such as detailed news, more information about our activities, contact details for our Branches and Focal Points and the e-version of The Janner, our monthly newsletter. 

Association Programme - 30 November to 6 December

07 Bath Branch meeting, RBL Club, 58 High St, Bathford, Somerset at 12.30pm.

07 Southampton F/P meeting, RBL Club, Netley, at 7.00 pm.

08 Honiton F/P meeting, The Heathfield Inn Honiton at 1.00 pm.

12 Poole Branch meeting, RBL Club, 66 North Road, Parkstone, Poole, at 2.15pm.

12 Tiverton F/P meeting, RBL Club, Tiverton at 7.30 pm.

13 Exeter Branch visit to Exmouth, RAFA Club Exmouth 7.30 pm.

Check our Calendar page for the details and our Local Organisation page for contact information. Why don't you join our members at our local gatherings? They would be delighted to see you.

Visit our Calendar page for notice of meetings throughout the year.

New Information

November: The Keep Military Museum: The Keep Military museum has had it's website refreshed and it is now looking better than ever. It has a number of new features including a redesigned online shop. Yake a look now by using this link The Keep Military Museum.

13 September: Exeter Branch visit to The Keep.  This will be open to all that served in our Regiment and their families. As we have made it a Regimental Visit Day. On the day our Regimental flag will be flying above The Keep. The outline plan for the day is below, for more details contact Kev Fitzgerald:

Meet at The Keep main car park between 10:30 - 11:20hrs
Visit as a group The Keep 11:30 - 12:30hrs
Meet on the roof of The Keep for group photo 12:30hrs

19 July: Minden Dorset Reunion at TA Centre, Dorchester. Contact Minden Dorsets’ Branch for details.

13 July: Gillingham Branch and 43rd (Wessex) Division Memorial Service, Mere. Parade steps off at 2.30 pm. This will be the final parade, so all members are urged to attend and take a last opportunity to honour the men of this famous WW2 division.

28 June: National Armed Forces Day. Events are happening up and down the country to find what's happening in your area take a look at the Armed Forces Day website. With so many events taking place there is sure to be something close by.

08 June: Torquay and Teignbridge Focal Point.  Please note that the date of the next meeting is changed to Saturday 21 June and that some of it's members will be taking part in the Torbay Armed

Forces Day celebrations on the same day. See our Future Events page for the details - why don't you join them?

07 June: President's Awards. Citations and photos of those who won awards this year are now on our President's Award page.

05 June: Property Sale. Don't forget that you only have until 27 June to bid for items of regimental property. See our Notice Board page for the details.

03 June: Annual General Meeting. The 2014 Association AGM was held in Exeter on 17 May. Visit our Notice Board page to read the minutes.

02 June:

  • Regimental Reunion 2014. Photo gallery now on the Members' Area Reunion news page.
  • Janner. The May Janner is now on our Janner page.
  • Plymouth D and D Branch. From June the branch meetings will be held at a new venue. The detail is on our Local Organisation page.

28 May: National Memorial Arboretum. The information on our Notice Board page has been updated with a message from our Chairman Bill Sharpe. Visit the page to read the detail. We need your views!

Members' Notice Board

You'll find a great deal of useful information on the Notice Board page in our Members Area, including:

Defence Privilage Card. A discount card for members of the Armed Forces, families and veterans, has been introduced. Members who have served can join. 

Employment.  When we are informed of employment possibilities, we place them here.

Supporting our Association.  Our Association is a charity and needs your suppport.  See how you can contribute.

Preparing for the Death of a Loved One.  Nobody likes to think of their eventual passing, but preparations made whilst you are fit and healthy can make managing afterwards much easier for your loved ones.  

 

Key Links:

(Click the logos):

The Rifles Websites:

Our Links page will get you to the essential Rifles websites.

 

The Rifles Care For Casualties (C4C) Appeal:

C4C supports the severely wounded, their families and the families of fallen Riflemen.

The Keep Military Museum:

To read more about our Regiment and its history, visit the website of The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester.

The D and D Old Comrades Forum:

Want to chat? The Forum is an independent social networking site established by ex-Devon and Dorsets who want to stay in touch.

Regimental Battle Honours

Nive
9 December 1813

The River Nive is near Bayonne in South West France. The Battle of the Nive commenced on 9 December 1813, towards the end of the Peninsula War. British forces under Wellington had recently entered France from Spain.

Early that morning, the light companies of the British regiments in the 6th Division, including the 1/11th of Foot (Devon), crossed the river by pontoon bridge and fell upon the unsuspecting French defenders on the far bank. The French withdrew north and the British followed up through thick mud. An assault was then mounted on the village of Villefranque by the 6th Division’s line companies, defeating a French counter-attack.

After this success, the division was relieved by the 2nd Division, which contained the 1/39th of Foot(Dorset), and withdrew to quarters.

Kut al Amara
13 December 1916

Kut al Amara is on the River Tigris in present-day Iraq. Kut had fallen to the Turkish army in April 1916, and the British survivors marched into captivity. The British prepared a new attack and it was launched 13 December 1916 by two corps.

Progress was slow due to heavy rain and a concern about casualties. The 3rd Indian (Lahore) Division took part in the battle. In January 1917, it was joined by 2nd Dorsets, which had been reformed after the original battalion had been decimated at Kut in 1916. After taking part in a series of engagements that saw British forces advance 12 miles to Bessouia Ford on the Shatt al Hai, they were then employed to guard the rear.

It took two months to clear the west bank of the Tigris, but on 17 February 1917, a British assault on the town, supported by gunboats, forced the Turks retreat. The British then advanced towards Baghdad.