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 :: 2014-09-24

NORTHLEW WWI COMMEMORATIVE MARCH – 28 JUNE 2014

During World War 1 the village of Northlew lost proportionally more enlisted men than anywhere else in the UK. From a population of 100 people, 22 men from the village were lost.

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 - 26 October to 1 November

This week we have focal point meetings in Torbay on 25, at The Cider Press, Torquay, at 7.30 pm. Salisbury Plain F/P Skittles Night on the 25. Venue TB

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

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

27 October: Gazza

In 1916, three British corps began pushing across the Sinai Peninsula to attack the Turkish-Ottoman Empire in Palestine. In early 1917, they advanced towards Gaza. Strong Turkish defences created a stalemate. This was broken when General Allenby conducted a flanking attack against the lightly-defended Beersheba, masked by deceptive feints at Gaza.

On 31 October Beersheba was taken and on 2 November a night attack was launched along the coast to Gaza, which finally succeeded 6 days later.

1/5th Devons took part in this battle in the 75th Division. They were in reserve for most of the time, but in action from 7 November at Junction Station and thereafter on the route to Jerusalem.

Also in the 75th Division, 2/4th Dorsets manned the front line south of Gaza and defeated three determined Turkish night attacks, supported by heavy shelling, before they were relieved. Gaza was a decisive victory, which opened the road to Jerusalem.

Afghanistan 1879 - 1880

In 1878, Britain wished to prevent the expanding Russian Empire from occupying Afghanistan and threatening India. A British force left India, advanced into the country, occupied Kandahar and established an envoy in Kabul. This envoy was killed by a mutinying Afghan army, so the British occupied Kabul.

In the south of Afghanistan, the Kandahar Field Force advanced west to the Helmand River to confront 20,000 Afghans who were moving towards the town, but it was defeated in July 1880 at the Battle of Maiwand and withdrew. The Kabul garrison marched southwards to intervene, and the British also moved a division westwards from India, which included the 2/11th of Foot (Devons).

After a demanding march, this division arrived after the Afghans had been defeated and thereafter garrisoned Kandahar until May 1881, suffering badly from dysentery and losing over 100 men as a result. With the British now occupying much of the country, having attained all their geopolitical objectives, the war ended in a treaty. The Afghans were permitted to maintain internal sovereignty but they had to give control of their nation's foreign relations to the British.