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.
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OFFICERS' CLUB DORCHESTER SANDWICH LUNCH
The Officers' Club held a Sandwich Lunch in Dorchester on Friday 11 April.
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 to 27 April
This week we have a branch meeting in Gillingham and focal point meetings in Okehampton and on Salisbury Plain.
Visit our Calendar page for notice of meetings throughout the year.
Photo: Stonehenge by Stefan Kühn.
21 April: Not Forgotten Association - Invitation. We have received an invitation for two members of our Association to join them at Founders' Day at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Would you like to go? See the details on our Future Events page.
Visit our Officers' Club page for all the details and a proforma to apply.
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.
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
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The Rifles Websites:
Our Links page will get you to the essential Rifles websites.
The Rifles Care For Casualties (C4C) Appeal:
The Keep Military Museum:
The D and D Old Comrades Forum:
Regimental Property Sale No.2
Members will be aware of the regimental property sale which took place in 2012. Some further items which are surplus to requirements have come to light and the Regimental Trustees have decided to sell them to members of the Regimental Association.
To read the rules and access the catalogue, visit the Notice Board page on our Members Area.
Regimental Battle Honours
22 April: Ypres 1915 - World War 1
The Second Battle of Ypres was the only major attack launched by the German Army on the Western Front in 1915. Begun in April, it was used primarily as a means of diverting Allied attention from the Russian Front. It is noted for the first German WW1 use of chlorine gas. This new weapon succeeded in forcing a gap in the Allied lines, but the Germans did not follow up sufficiently and an ad hoc British counter attack halted their advance.
The battle consisted of four successive engagements, the first of which was the Battle of Gravenstafel 22 - 23 April, the second the Battle of St Julien 24 April - 5 May and the third the Battle of Frezenberg 08-13 May. During these German assaults, the Allied lines held, although German forces secured additional high ground to the east of the town.
Eventually, lack of supplies and manpower obliged the Germans to call off the offensive. Even so, the German attacks had considerably reduced the size of the Allied salient. The highest ground had been lost and it was no more than three miles across and five miles deep.
1st Devons and 1st Dorsets were both in the 5th Division. These battalions fought at Hill 60, south east of Ypres, where gas was used against British troops for the first time.
6th Dorsets in the 17th Division also served in the Ypres salient later in the year. The 1st Devons and 1st Dorsets were awarded the battle honour Gravenstafel and the Devons the honour Frezenberg. All three battalions earned the battle honour 'Ypres 1915'.