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 :: 2014-08-18

THE LONDON GATHERING 2014

This event took place at The Duke of Kendal public house on Thursday 14th August 2014

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 - 21 September to 27 September

This week we have branch meetings on the 24th for Purbeck Branch meeting, Clay Pipe Inn, Organford Road, Holton Heath at 8.00 pm and again on the 24th for the Gillingham Branch meeting, RBL Club, School Lane, Gillingham, at 7.30 pm. We also have focal point meetings on the 25th at Okehampton in the RBL Hall, Station Road, Okehampton at 7.00 pm. There will also be a focal point meeting for Salisbury Plain on the 27th at the RBL in Andover.

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

13 September: Exeter Branch visit to The Keep.  This will be open to all that served in our Regiment and their families. As we have made it a Regimental Visit Day. On the day our Regimental flag will be flying above The Keep. The outline plan for the day is below, for more details contact Kev Fitzgerald:

Meet at The Keep main car park between 10:30 - 11:20hrs
Visit as a group The Keep 11:30 - 12:30hrs
Meet on the roof of The Keep for group photo 12:30hrs

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

Loos 25 September 1915

The Battle of Loos was one of the major British offensives on the Western Front in 1915. Four corps were involved in the attack. It marked the first time the British used poison gas during the war, and is also famous for the first large-scale use of 'new' or Kitchener's Army units. Two of these were 8th and 9th Devons in the 7th Division.

8th Devons were in the initial assault with 9th Devons following up. At once, things started to go wrong. Gaps in the German wire were few, causing the advancing infantry to bunch up, and the inevitable casualties occurred. In addition, 8th Devons got caught up in ‘friendly’ gas. Nevertheless, the battalion’s objective, a line of gun emplacements, was reached swiftly, and held until the Devons were relieved on the evening of 26th. The 8th Battalion had taken 640 casualties.

Overall the offensive was a failure. The German defences held firm and there were insufficient reserves and artillery to exploit any minor successes such as that of the Devons. The British had only made a dent in the German lines. 

Thiepval 26 September 1916

As part of the battle of the Somme, the British launched a new attack on the River Ancre. This required a preliminary operation to clear a spur of high ground north of Thiepval. The attack was made by British and Canadians along a 6000 yard front. The British were to capture a number of German redoubts and Thiepval village.

On the left, the 11th Division, containing 5th Dorsets, attacked Mouquet Farm and the Zollern Redoubt. They suffered heavy losses, not least from intense artillery fire, but the survivors dug in whilst other troops came forward to finish the job.

5th Dorsets withdrew on 27 September, having suffered some 400 casualties. But in its first battle, the battalion had acquitted itself well. After 3 days the British had reached their objectives, but were unable to clear 2 redoubts. They fell in October.