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 - 01 November to 30 November

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

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

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

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

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

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

08 Remembrance Sunday

08 Exeter Branch Remembrance Day Lunch –Whipton Social Club 1.00 - 6.00 pm

11 Armistice Day

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

14 London Dinner (Officers)

17 Southampton and District Branch meeting, Locksheath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, 12.00 noon. 

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

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

25 Gillingham Branch meeting, RBL Club, Gillingham, at 7.30 pm.

25 Purbeck Branch Meeting, Clay Pipe Inn, Organford Rd, Holton Heath, nr Poole at 8.00 pm.

26 Okehampton F/P meeting, RBL Hall, Station Road, Okehampton at 7.00 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

21 May 2016: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.

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

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.

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

Ancre, Somme, WW1
13 November 1916

This battle marked the final phase of the 1916 Somme offensive. Its objective was the elimination of a German salient between the Albert-Bapaume road and Serre, with Beaumont-Hamel at its head. Two British corps took part.

The assault was launched , amidst a tremendous artillery bombardment, in darkness and thick fog at 5.45am on 13 November. The attackers had to contend with deep mud, heavy enemy fire and poor visibility. Beaumont-Hamel was secured, but an attempt to capture Serre failed. The 32nd Division, containing 1st Dorsets, was brought into the offensive on 18 November. They endured a pounding in support as other battalions attempted to take features known as Frank Fort Trench and Ten Tree Alley. The attacks failed, and amongst the casualties, 3 companies of the Manchesters disappeared entirely. The Dorsets were sent up to reinforce the assault, but it was in vain and by midday, the survivors were back at the start line.

El Mughar, Sinai, WW1 
13 November 1917

This battle took place on during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign of WW1. Fighting between the advancing British Empire Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) and the retreating Ottoman Turkish Army occurred over an extensive area north of the Gaza to Beersheba line, and west of the road from Beersheba to Jerusalem via Hebron.

On 8 November, the British succeeded in capturing Sheria, and Ottoman units along the whole line were in retreat. The EEF attacked again on an extended front from the Judean foothills across the Mediterranean coastal plain from 10 to 14 November.

2/4th Dorsets in the 75th Division were operating near Gaza. On 13 November the division attacked the Turks on the right of the British force. They came under fire at a village called El Mesmiyeh, but captured it, enduring excessive heat and a ration of only half a gallon of water per man per day. They advanced again by night and thereafter took possession of Junction Station.