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 :: 2015-09-01

Funeral date set for Sherborne and Yeovil stalwart Don Mildenhall

Everyone will be very sad to hear of the death of Don Mildenhall, late Editor of the Western Gazette, which covers extensively the northern half of Dorset. Over many years, both as a senior reporter and as editor, Don was a regular visitor to the battalion wherever in the world we were posted.

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 - 02 October to 28 October

02  Plymouth (Late Devons) Branch meeting, Crownhill Families Club, Fort Road, Crownhill at 10.30-12.00 noon.

02 Plymouth D and D Branch meeting, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.45 pm.

02 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30 pm.

02 Exeter Sandwich Lunch (Officers)

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

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

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

14 Exmouth F/P meeting, Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1.00 pm.

20 Southampton and District Branch meeting, Locksheath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, Park Gate at 12.00 noon.

21 Bridport Branch meeting, at the King’s Head Inn, Bradpole, at 11.30 am.

22 Okehampton F/P meeting, RBL Hall, Station Road, Okehampton at 7.00 pm.

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

28 Gillingham Branch meeting, RBL Club, Gillingham, at 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

20 - 23 September 2015: The Rifles commemorative battlefield study to Waterloo 2015. Spaces still available click here for more informationn.

25 - 26 September 2015: Annual JBO, Exeter for more information click here.

27 June 2015: 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.

16 May 2015: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.

November 2014: 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.

07 June 2014: President's Awards. Citations and photos of those who won awards this year are now on our President's Award page.

03 June 2014: 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 2014:

  • Regimental Reunion 2014. Photo gallery now on the Members' Area Reunion news 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 2014: 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:

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.

We now have a Devon and Dorset Regimental association Facebook page. Follow The Association on Facebook.

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.

Battle Honours

Broodseinde, World War 1
04 October 1917

Part of the Third Battle of Ypres, this limited offensive was aimed to complete the capture of the Gheluvelt Plateau and to occupy Broodseinde Ridge.

Wet through, in blustery drizzle and thick mud, assault troops attacked at 6am after a surprise artillery bombardment. In places, the Germans were also advancing and vicious hand-to-hand combat ensued. A line of pillboxes was cleared and Australian and New Zealand troops topped the ridge by 9am.

On the right, the British drove on to the eastern edge of Gheluvelt Plateau. 1st Devons in the 5th Division were on the right wing and took over 300 casualties in taking Polderhoek Woods.

8th and 9th Devons in the 7th Division were also on the right, in action at Polygon Wood.

On the left, formations, including the 17th Division with 6th Dorsets, fought at Poelcappelle. By noon most main objectives had been gained.

It was felt that the day marked an epic victory as German losses were high and many prisoners taken. But the limited advance had been costly, and by evening rain set in. Once more the battlefield became a swamp.

Cambrai, World War 1
08 October 1918

The Battle of Cambrai was fought between British and German forces during the 'Hundred Days Offensive' that ended the First World War.

The battle took place between 8 and 10 October 1918 and incorporated new tactics, including the use of tanks. The objective was attained rapidly with light casualties in a very short amount of time.

The 25th Division, in which 9th Devons served, was awarded the battle honour, but was actually advancing in the Beaurevoir area, some 10 miles to the south. The Devons made a fine advance in the area of Ponchaux with few casualties.

The 11th Division, containing 5th Dorsets, was operating on the left flank of the main assault in the area of Paillencourt, but saw little opposition.

6th Dorsets were in the 17th Division. They left camp at Gouzeaucourt, south of Cambrai, on 8 October and conducted a two-day march to Inchy, meeting little opposition. They then prepared to assault the town of Neuvilly in the days to come.