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 - 30 August to 26 September

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

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

04 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

06 Bath Branch meeting, RBL Club, 58 High St, Bathford, Somerset at 12.30 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19 Wyvern Junior Soldiers Reunion – EUOTC Wyvern Barracks

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

24 Okehampton F/P meeting, RBL Hall, Station Road, Okehampton at 7 pm.

25 Tiverton F/P meeting, RBL Club, Tiverton 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

Le Cateau, World War 1
26 August 1914

The Battle of Le Cateau was fought on 26 August 1914, after the British, French and Belgian armies had retreated from Mons in the face of the mass German invasion, and had set up new defensive positions in France.

Le Cateau was predominantly an artilleryman's battle, demonstrating the devastating results which modern artillery could have on infantry.

1st Dorsets took part in the battle, within the 15th Brigade of the 5th Division. The Germans attacked their positions at Le Cateau, but were kept at bay by rapid, accurate rifle fire.

The British held on, despite heavy casualties, and then after the battle withdrew to Saint-Quentin. The engagement at Le Cateau had achieved its objective, and enabled the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to retreat unmolested by the Germans for a further five days.

When the BEF conducted its general retirement, the Dorsets also withdrew. By 04 September, they had reached Gagny, near Paris, having marched over 100 miles, in good order. Here, the 5th Division reformed and prepared for offensive action.

Guillemont, World War 2
3 September 1916

Guillemont is situated 6 miles east of Albert, France. Throughout July and August 1916, the village defied repeated British assaults in face of German counter attacks and artillery. At 08.50 am on 3 September, in driving rain and after a preliminary bombardment, another attack went in. This time it succeeded.

The 1st Devons, in the 5th Division, took part and captured some German trenches south west of Guillemont. Most of the battalion’s casualties, of 35 killed and 158 wounded, resulted from a wood clearing operation towards the end of the assault.