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 :: 2014-09-24

NORTHLEW WWI COMMEMORATIVE MARCH – 28 JUNE 2014

During World War 1 the village of Northlew lost proportionally more enlisted men than anywhere else in the UK. From a population of 100 people, 22 men from the village were lost.

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 October to 18 October

This week we have focal point meetings in Southampton on the 12th at the RBL Club, Netley, starting 7.00 pm, Exmouth on 15th at Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1.00 pm and Tiverton on the 17th meeting at the RBL Club, Tiverton at 7.30 pm. There will be a Southampton and District Branch meeting on the 14th at Chandler’s Ford Central Club, The Precinct,Chandler’s Ford, starting 12.00 pm. On the 17th Gillingham Branch will be holding their Annual Dinner.

17-19 October will be the Semper Fidelis Dinner Club (SFDC) weekend in Torquay.

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

13 September: Exeter Branch visit to The Keep.  This will be open to all that served in our Regiment and their families. As we have made it a Regimental Visit Day. On the day our Regimental flag will be flying above The Keep. The outline plan for the day is below, for more details contact Kev Fitzgerald:

Meet at The Keep main car park between 10:30 - 11:20hrs
Visit as a group The Keep 11:30 - 12:30hrs
Meet on the roof of The Keep for group photo 12:30hrs

19 July: Minden Dorset Reunion at TA Centre, Dorchester. Contact Minden Dorsets’ Branch for details.

13 July: Gillingham Branch and 43rd (Wessex) Division Memorial Service, Mere. Parade steps off at 2.30 pm. This will be the final parade, so all members are urged to attend and take a last opportunity to honour the men of this famous WW2 division.

28 June: 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.

08 June: Torquay and Teignbridge Focal Point.  Please note that the date of the next meeting is changed to Saturday 21 June and that some of it's members will be taking part in the Torbay Armed

Forces Day celebrations on the same day. See our Future Events page for the details - why don't you join them?

07 June: President's Awards. Citations and photos of those who won awards this year are now on our President's Award page.

05 June: Property Sale. Don't forget that you only have until 27 June to bid for items of regimental property. See our Notice Board page for the details.

03 June: 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:

  • Regimental Reunion 2014. Photo gallery now on the Members' Area Reunion news page.
  • Janner. The May Janner is now on our Janner 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: 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:

(Click the logos):

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.

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

12 October:
South Africa 1899-1902 - 2nd Boer War

This war was fought between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking Dutch settlers of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. It ended with a British victory and the annexation of both republics by the British Empire.

1st Devons were based at Ladysmith. The garrison was besieged there from late 1899, but the Devons sallied out to take Waggon Hill from the enemy in January 1900. They were relieved in March by a force containing 2nd Devons

2nd Dorsets also advanced towards Ladysmith and distinguished themselves by beating the Boers off the Drakensberg feature. 

All three battalions served throughout South Africa until the treaty of 1902. 

World War 1-
Passchendaele 1917

The two battles of Passchendaele took place in a sea of mud, as part of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. Convinced that German morale was crumbling, the British advanced to Passchendaele Ridge. The Germans resisted strongly and the attempted breakthough failed.

Passchendaele village was taken in November and the attack was called off. For the sake of a few kilometres, the British had lost 310,000 men and the Germans 260,000.

6th Dorsets in the 17th Division took part in both phases. They were in reserve during the 17th Division’s only major attack, then held part of the newly captured line until 22 October.

8th and 9th Devons in the 7th Division took part in the second battle from 26 October. In dreadful conditions, their weapons blocked by mud, they advanced with tremendous spirit and discipline towards the village of Gheluvelt, but took appalling casualties. The 8th lost 258 killed; the 9th 294.

1st Devons in the 5th Division were also present, but out of the front line.