The Regimental Association of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

Welcome to our website

Major-General CT Shortis CB CBE

As you have been informed earlier, Maj Gen Colin Shortis CB CBE sadly died last Sunday (08 January 2017). His funeral will take place in St Margaret’s Church, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HL at 12.00 midday on Friday 27th January, followed by a gathering at a location yet to be confirmed. His family would welcome regimental attendance, including as many Standards as possible.

Parking is notoriously difficult in Topsham. There are public car parks, but they are of limited capacity. Additional parking has been arranged at the Topsham Rugby Club which is on the left as you enter Topsham from Exeter. There is also a railway station in Topsham, with frequent trains from Exeter; and Topsham is on a bus route from Exeter bus station and points between.

There will be a VIP seating plan. If you consider yourself to fit this category - say Lt Col & above or you were particularly close to General Colin – or if you are infirm and would like a reserved seat; please let the Exeter Office know.

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.

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. 


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.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. You can become a joint owner of our memorial by making a contribution to its cost. Anyone can make a donation and we hope you will do so!

All the details of this exciting project, including how you can make a gift, are on our special Memorial Page, you can see what our memorial will look like and view a list of names of those of us who have contributed so far.

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.

Visit our Memorial Page

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Association Programme - 01 January to 31 Jaunary 2017

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

18 Exmouth F/P meeting, RAFA Club, Imperial Rd, Exmouth from 1pm.

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

28 Salisbury F/P meeting, RBL Andover at 7.30pm.

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.

24 June 2017: 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.

17 September 2017: Memorial unveiling and dedication service at the National Memorial Aboretum 

23 - 24 September 2017: Annual JBO, Exeter 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. Take a look now by using this link The Keep Military Museum.

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. 

Regimental Battle Honours

Wagon Hill 1900 - Second Boer War
6 January 1900

The battle of Wagon Hill took place during the Siege of Ladysmith in South Africa. The town was garrisoned by the British and besieged by the Boers.

A long east-west hill to the south of the town overlooked it and was thus heavily defended by a British force. On 6 January, the Boers made a determined assault on these defences, threatening the east end of the feature, known as Wagon Hill.

1st Devons was tasked with dislodging them. They did so with a bayonet charge, taking severe casualties. During this action, Lt Masterson won the VC.

You can read an account of the battle on the Keep Military Museum website - click here.

Tigris - Mesopotamia WW1
14 January 1916

Tigris was a battle honour awarded to units of the British and Imperial Armies that between 14 January and 24 April 1916 took part in the unsuccessful endeavour to relieve the Siege of Kut in the Mesopotamian Campaign.

The British force included 1st/6th Devons, within the independent 36th Brigade of the Indian Army. The battalion notably fought valiantly in an attempt to capture the Dujailah Redoubt, about 6 miles east of Kut, from the Turkish Army between 7 and 8 March, taking 240 casualties.

You can read a contemporary account of the Dujailah action by Colonel G. B. Oerton TD DL.

click here.

Roer - WW2
16 January 1945

This was a Battle Honour awarded to units participating in Operation Blackcock, a WW2 allied action to clear the ‘Roer Triangle’ on the Dutch/German border during early 1945. 2nd Devons, as lorried infantry, had recently regrouped to 7th Armoured Division, which was one of the attacking formations. The Devon's advance started on 16 January in cold, icy conditions. The Battalion took a number of strongly defended village objectives, concluding with St Odilienberg on 26 January, an attack supported by ‘Flail’ tanks. During the operation, the Battalion took 67 casualties.

Key Links

Donate By Text

You can now text donations to The Devon and Dorset Regimental Association Charity

Text DDRA11 £? to 70070
Where ? can be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10

For more information on how to donate to the Association charity click here

They couldn’t have done better by Christopher Jary

The Story of the Dorset Regiment in War and Peace 1939-67 - compiled by Christopher Jary.

Click the picture to read more detail and order the book.

For a review of this book by John Gaye click here

The Royal British Legion ... and one small branch in Devon

Stories of service by Devon legionnaires - compiled by Paddy King-Fretts. Profits go to the RBL.

Click the picture to read more detail and order the book.

For a review of this book by Colin Pape click here

A Royal Christmas by Jeremy Archer

Profits go to ABF - The Soldiers Charity.

Click the picture for a link to the ABF shop page where you can order a copy.

A celebration of the Royal Family at Christmas

The Ulster Tales by General Sir John Wilsey

Profits go to The Rifles Care For Casualties (C4C) appeal.

Click the picture for details.

For a review of this book by John Gaye click here

The Old West Country Regiments by Jeremy Archer

Profits go to The Keep Museum.

Click the picture for details.

Get In Touch

The Regimental Association of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
The Rifle's Exeter Office,
Block 11,
Wyvern Barracks,

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