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.

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The Officers' Club held a Sandwich Lunch in Dorchester on Friday 11 April.

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 - 21 to 27 April

This week we have a branch meeting in Gillingham and focal point meetings in Okehampton and on Salisbury Plain.

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.

Photo: Stonehenge by Stefan Kühn.

New Information

21 April: Not Forgotten Association - Invitation. We have received an invitation for two members of our Association to join them at Founders' Day at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Would you like to go? See the details on our Future Events page.

11 April:  Officers' Club West Country Dinner. This year's dinner will be held in Exeter on Friday 16 May. It is a relaxed, jolly affair and all Officers' Club members are warmly invited to attend.

Visit our Officers' Club page for all the details and a proforma to apply.


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: 

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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 Property Sale No.2

Members will be aware of the regimental property sale which took place in 2012. Some further items which are surplus to requirements have come to light and the Regimental Trustees have decided to sell them to members of the Regimental Association.

To read the rules and access the catalogue, visit the Notice Board page on our Members Area.

Regimental Battle Honours

22 April: Ypres 1915 - World War 1

The Second Battle of Ypres was the only major attack launched by the German Army on the Western Front in 1915. Begun in April, it was used primarily as a means of diverting Allied attention from the Russian Front. It is noted for the first German WW1 use of chlorine gas. This new weapon succeeded in forcing a gap in the Allied lines, but the Germans did not follow up sufficiently and an ad hoc British counter attack halted their advance.  

The battle consisted of four successive engagements, the first of which was the Battle of Gravenstafel 22 - 23 April, the second the Battle of St Julien 24 April - 5 May and the third the Battle of Frezenberg 08-13 May. During these German assaults, the Allied lines held, although German forces secured additional high ground to the east of the town.

Eventually, lack of supplies and manpower obliged the Germans to call off the offensive. Even so, the German attacks had considerably reduced the size of the Allied salient. The highest ground had been lost and it was no more than three miles across and five miles deep.

1st Devons and 1st Dorsets were both in the 5th Division. These battalions fought at Hill 60, south east of Ypres, where gas was used against British troops for the first time.

6th Dorsets in the 17th Division also served in the Ypres salient later in the year. The 1st Devons and 1st Dorsets were awarded the battle honour Gravenstafel and the Devons the honour Frezenberg. All three battalions earned the battle honour 'Ypres 1915'.