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 :: 2015-12-16

THE LONDON GATHERING

Twice a year, Pat (Para) Peters, organises a meeting in London for those Ex D and Ds living in the area or for that matter any D and Ds that would like to come along and reminisce. The most recent event was held at the Victory Services Club on Friday 11th December.

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 - 01 Decmeber to 31 December

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 and Draw 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.

09 Exmouth F/P Annual Christmas Buffet Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1 pm.

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.

18 Tiverton F/P meeting, RBL Club, Tiverton at 7.30 pm.

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

23 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

25 June 2016: 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.

21 May 2016: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.

5 March 2016: Service of Rededication - Sherborne Abbey, for more information click here.

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.

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.

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

Roer, World War 2
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. 1916, three British corps began pushing across the Sinai Peninsula to attack the Turkish-Ottoman Empire in Palestine. By mid-November, the force was advancing on the Judea Hills. The Turkish defenders reinforced, then launched a number of attacks, forcing the British to advance on Jerusalem earlier than they wished. Both armies specifically avoided fighting either in or immediately around the holy city itself.

Egypt, World War 1
26 January 1915-17

During WW1 the British garrisoned Egypt and were engaged in operations to defend the Suez Canal against Turkish Ottoman attack. Egypt was also used to launch major offensives against the Turkish forces in Mesopotamia and Palestine.

A variety of our predecessor battalions passed through Egypt during the war, but did not see significant action there. These included the 2/5th Devons, which arrived in late 1915, but was broken up to reinforce other territorial battalions. The 1st Garrison Battalion that was partially made up from Devons, guarded vulnerable key points. The 2/4th Devons arrived in Suez in late 1917 and was involved in construction tasks.

1/5th Devons arrived from India in June 1917, joining the 75th Division. They occupied trenches on the Suez Canal, and endured Turkish shelling. Thereafter, they took part in the Palestine Campaign having first crossed the forbidding Sinai Desert.