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 :: 2014-07-24

ANNUAL 43rd (WESSEX) DIVISION MEMORIAL SERVICE MERE

The memorial at Mere commemorates the efforts of 43rd (Wessex) Division during the Normandy campaign of WW2 and those members of the Division who died during the campaign. The Dorset Regiment was among those that formed the Division.

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 - 27 July to 2 August

This week we have branch meetings at Purbeck on 30 July and Plymouth on 1 August with focal point meeting at Salisbury Plain  26 July.

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

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

'Passchendaele' 31July 1917

The Third Battle of Ypres was intended as an Allied forces breakthrough in Flanders. Meticulously planned, the attack was launched after a 10-day artillery bombardment. It continued until the fall of Passchendaele on 6 November.

The offensive resulted in gains for the Allies but was by no means a breakthrough, and such gains as were made came at great cost in human lives. Today commonly referred to simply as ‘Passchendaele', the Third Battle of Ypres was the final great battle of attrition of the war.

2nd Devons in the 8th Division were present throughout. 5th Dorsets in the 11th Division were also involved from the first attacks. 1st Devons in the 5th Division and 1st Dorsets in the 32nd Division took part in the latter stages of the battle.

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge took place from 31 July to 02 August 1917 at the commencement of the Third Battle of Ypres. It comprised an assault on the German occupied uplands to the north-east and east of the city.

At 3.50am, in mist and semi-darkness, British infantry advanced behind a deafening 'creeping barrage', across a battlefield illuminated by bursting shells and flares.

There was initial widespread progress across the Pilckem Ridge and into St Julien. But the advance became bogged down thereafter by difficult ground, wire, pillboxes and heavy German shelling.

2nd Devons took part in this phase, capturing the German trenches near Westhoek, but thereafter were held up by heavy machine gun fire.