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 :: 2015-01-26

HALF-YEARLY LONDON JANNERS GATHERING ON 22 JANUARY

The usual group of London Janners held their latest meet at the Duke of Kendal in Connaught Street, W2 on Thursday 22 January. This time, Pat Peters, K Ireland, Steve England, Peter Jones, Steve Foxton and Jeremy Lillies were joined by David Shaw who had travelled from Wiltshire and Malcolm Gerry from Plymouth.

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 - 29 March to 04 April

03 Plymouth (Late Devons) Branch meeting, Crownhill Families Club, Fort Road, Crownhill at 10.30-12 noon.

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

03 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club 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.


Regimental
Battle Honours

Ibbenburen, World War 2
2 April 1945

Having crossed the River Rhine on 29 March 1945, under the command of 131 Lorried Infantry Brigade in 7th Armoured Division, 2nd Devons continued to take part in the British Army’s advance into Germany. On 01 April, the battalion had reached the outskirts of Rheine, about 12 miles east of Ibbenbüren and 20 miles from Osnabrück.

Advancing again, the Devons were ordered to protect a threatened Bailey bridge over the Dortmund-Ems Canal and restore a hill position occupied by 3rd Monmouths, who were surrounded by German troops. Devon companies were dispatched to conduct the two tasks, and the plan succeeded with 200 prisoners taken and the Monmouths relieved.

Kohima, India, World War 2
4 April 1944

In 1944, 2nd Dorsets were in India as part of the British 2nd Division. Japanese forces had advanced through Burma and from 04 April besieged the Indian town of Kohima. The defenders, British and Indian troops, were pushed back to the line of the tennis court at the Deputy Commissioner’s bungalow.

On 14 April, the 2nd Division arrived to reinforce them. 2nd Dorsets were given the bungalow and tennis court as objectives, and this operation took 3 weeks. The opposing forces became entrenched some 50 yards apart, constantly under fire, and in an unspeakable rat and fly infested wilderness likened to conditions on The Somme. The Dorsets conducted a series of assaults up steep slopes into storms of fire, through monsoon rain and mud.

On 12 May, Sappers managed to haul a Lee tank onto the terrace, and this broke the Japanese lines. The Dorsets followed up, then for three further weeks helped to drive the enemy off the Kohima ridge. The battle cost 2nd Dorsets 473 casualties, but the path for the British advance into Burma was now open.


Today, in 1944, Japanese forces commenced their encirclement of the town of Kohima in India. The British 2nd Division, containing 2nd Dorsets, was sent to relieve the garrison, an action that led to one one of the Dorset Regiment's most famous battle honours.

Kohima has a large cemetery of 1,420 Allied war dead maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrison Hill, in what was once the Deputy Commissioner's tennis court; the scene of the Battle of the Tennis Court. The statement carved on the memorial of the 2nd British Division in the cemetery has become world-famous as the Kohima Epitaph. It reads:

‘When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today’.