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.

A NATIONAL MEMORIAL TO THE COUNTY REGIMENTS OF DEVON AND DORSET 

We are delighted to announce that we are going to place a splendid new memorial to honour our three Regiments at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA); the nation's centre for remembrance.


What's it all about?

Our memorial will be a visible, national legacy of The Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment and The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment. It will demonstrate the pride we members have in our Regimental service and will tell our story to generations to come.

We invite all those who served in our three Regiments, their families, friends and people in the communities from which our soldiers came, our 'Wider Regimental Family', to join us in making this happen. 

All the details of this exciting project are on our special Memorial Page.

NMA photo by kind permission of The National Memorial Arboretum which retains its copyright.


What will the memorial be like?

Shown on the right is a detail - visit the Memorial Page to see the whole thing!


Funding our memorial needs your assistance!

You can become a joint owner of our memorial by making a contribution to its cost. All the details of how you can make a gift towards it are on the Memorial Page. Anyone can make a donation and we hope you will do so! You can click the totalizer there to see how much we have raised and view a list of names of those of us who have contributed so far.

The Patron of our Memorial Appeal is HRH The Duke of Kent.

Our Vice Patrons are the Lord-Lieutenants of Devon and Dorset.

To all those who served in our three Regiments and to our 'Wider Regimental Family': 

Visit our Memorial Page to find out:

- How you can join in and contribute
- How much we have raised so far on our totalizer
- Who has made a donation

Mike Richardson, Fundraising Manager, says:

'Helping to fund this enduring memorial in the heart of our nation, and so becoming one of its joint owners, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we need to get the ball rolling now! Once we unveil the memorial, I think we'll all be proud of what we have achieved.

Please take the opportunity to join us with your donation as soon as you can - and watch the totalizer turn!'


What our memorial means to me

'We that are left now of the Devon and Dorset's you see marching through Exeter on our regimental day are the last of the Devon and Dorset Regiment. When we are gone there will be no-one ... all the families of men who served in the regiment, and died in the regiment: all of those families will have somewhere to go and look and say: 'that's where they were'.

Keith Hicks

Devonshire and Devonshire and Dorset Regiments, whose father, Cpl Arthur Hicks, went 'over the top' on The Somme on 1st July 1916 with B Company, 2nd Devons.


This national memorial to our three proud Regiments will illustrate, to generations to come: 'Our Legacy'.

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 :: 2016-07-04

NEW BOOK: DEVOTION TO DUTY

A new book, hot off the press, tells the story of the 308 soldiers of the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorset Regiment who won 321 gallantry awards during the forty years between the end of the First World War and 1958, when the Regiments joined to become the Devon & Dorsets.

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 - 01 July to 31 July

01 Plymouth (Late Devons) Branch meeting, Crownhill Families Club, Fort Road, Crownhill at 1030- 12 noon.

01 Plymouth D and D Branch meeting, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.30pm

01 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

02 Armed Forces Day Exeter

03 Fovant Badges Memorial Service 1415hrs

04 Honiton F/P meeting, The Heathfield Inn, Honiton at 1pm.

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

09 Torbay & Teignbridge F/P meeting, Cider Press Torquay 1930hrs

16 Minden Reunion Dorchester ARC

18 Bridport Branch meeting, at The Haddon House Hotel, West Bay, Bridport at 11.30 am.

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

20 Exmouth F/P meeting, Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1 pm.

22 Wales Focal Point – Swan Hotel Abergavenny

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

27 Gillingham Branch meeting (AGM), RBL Club, Gillingham, at 7.30 pm.

27 Purbeck Branch Meeting, Clay Pipe Inn, Organford Rd, Holton Heath, nr Poole at 8pm

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

27 May 2017: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion after party at the Exeter White Ensign Club

27 May 2017: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.

23 - 24 September 2016: Annual JBO, Exeter for more information click here.

29 July 2016: Summer Meet for Janners in London Friday the 29th July for more info click here.

25 June 2016: 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.

5 March 2016: Service of Rededication - Sherborne Abbey, for more information click here.

The Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association facebook page.  We now have a facebook page click here to view.

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.

 

Regimental
Battle Honours

Salamanca, Penisular War 
22 July 1812

In June 1812, Wellington's advance into Spain reached the city of Salamanca, and faced a French army of comparable strength. There followed a period of manoeuvring to attain an advantageous position. On the morning of 22 July, engagements between the two armies commenced south of Salamanca.

The French attempted to out-flank Wellington, but their line became overextended. In stifling heat, Wellington attacked, taking the French by surprise and destroying three divisions with infantry and heavy cavalry. To the east, the French line held against successive British and Portuguese assaults. The British 6th Division, containing the 1/11th of Foot, (Devons) was ordered forward at about 5.30 pm. It attacked the French line successively.

Late in the day, the 11th was ordered to charge the French positions on a steep, craggy hill to their front. The battalion advanced steadily up the hill, under heavy musketry and artillery fire that created a dense curtain of smoke. Some 200 yards from the summit, they were hit by a wall of fire that decimated their ranks, but they returned fire and the survivors then went in with the bayonet.

The French, routed, withdrew to the safety of the woods and the 11th sank to the ground exhausted. Only some 70 men were left to talk over the battle that night, as 341 had been killed or wounded. Thus the Regiment earned one of our most prestigious battle honours, and the sobriquet ‘The Bloody 11th’

Pyrenees, Penisular War 
24 July 1813

In mid-1813, Wellington was engaged in driving the French out of Spain, and was besieging Pampeluna and San Sebastian in the Pyrenees mountains. But the French army had reorganised and on 25 July, it launched a major assault against the British and Portuguese armies. Wellington re-grouped.

The 1/39th of Foot (Dorsets) was in the 2nd Division, which was tasked with holding the Maya Pass. When the French attacked here, the battalion moved forward to the front line, defended fiercly, then withdrew in good order to a position to the rear.

The 1/11th of Foot (Devons), in the 6th Division, took part in two ‘Battles of Sorauren’, to the north of Pampeluna, entering the fray from the west on 29 July and assaulting the French positions in three days of exceptionally severe fighting.

The French offensive had failed, and their withdrawal to France continued.

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.

Facebook:

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.