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 - 12 April March to 18 April

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

15 Exmouth F/P meeting, Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1.00 pm.

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

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

Toulouse, France
10 April 1814

The Battle of Toulouse was the 1/11th of Foot (later the Devonshire Regiment)’s final battle of the Penininsula and Napoleonic Wars. The Allied British-Portuguese and Spanish Army under Wellington had invaded France from Spain. Toulouse, the regional capital, was stoutly defended.

During the British assault, the 1/11th was in the 6th Division, which was ordered, with the 4th Division, to attack the French to the east of the city.

At 2am on 10 April, they moved off in bright moonlight, across trackless, swampy ground and then through withering French fire, towards their objective of Mount Rave. At first, the plan did not go well. After firing their artillery, the French counter-attacked. However, the British met this solidly and the 1/11th put in another fierce attack towards the Great Redoubt, further to the north. The defending French line broke and the defenders withdrew. In all, the 1/11th took 143 casualties.

The French agreed to an armistice on 17 April.

Lys, Hazelbrouk
12 April 1918

The Battle of the Lys was part of the WW1 1918 German Spring Offensive in Flanders. It was known to the Germans as Operation Georgette, the second of five major assaults across the Allied front. Georgette had the objective of capturing Ypres and forcing the British back to the Channel ports.

The battle began on 07 April and lasted until 29 April, the period of 12 to 15 April known as the Battle of Hazebrouck. 1st Devons were in the 5th Division, which was quickly moved to France from Italy to help stem the German advance. The Battalion was ordered to Frevent where it was in action in the Nieppe Forest. From 12 April, the division made its way through to the eastern edge of the forest and established a 2,000 yard front facing Merville, where it repulsed heavy German assaults.