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 :: 2015-05-17

REGIMENTAL REUNION 2015

The Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association held it's 8th annual Reunion in Exeter on Saturday 16 May.

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 July to 25 July

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.

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

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

22 Gillingham Branch meeting, RBL Club, Gillingham, at 7.30 pm.

23 Okehampton F/P meeting, RBL Hall, Station Road, Okehampton at 7.00 pm.

29 Purbeck Branch Meeting, Clay Pipe Inn, Organford Rd, Holton Heath, nr Poole at 8.00 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

Salamanca, Peninsular War
22 July 1812

In June 1812, Wellington's advance into Spain reached the city of Salamanca, and faced a French army of comparable strength. There followed a period of manoeuvring to attain an advantageous position. On the morning of 22 July, engagements between the two armies commenced south of Salamanca.

The French attempted to out-flank Wellington, but their line became overextended. In stifling heat, Wellington attacked, taking the French by surprise and destroying three divisions with infantry and heavy cavalry. To the east, the French line held against successive British and Portuguese assaults. The British 6th Division, containing the 1/11th of Foot,(Devons) was ordered forward at about 5.30 pm. It attacked the French line successively.

Late in the day, the 11th was ordered to charge the French positions on a steep, craggy hill to their front. The battalion advanced steadily up the hill, under heavy musketry and artillery fire that created a dense curtain of smoke. Some 200 yards from the summit, they were hit by a wall of fire that decimated their ranks, but they returned fire and the survivors then went in with the bayonet.

The French, routed, withdrew to the safety of the woods and the 11th sank to the ground exhausted. Only some 70 men were left to talk over the battle that night, as 341 had been killed or wounded. Thus the Regiment earned one of our most prestigious battle honours, and the sobriquet ‘The Bloody 11th’

Pyrenees, Peninsular War
25 July 1813

In mid-1813, Wellington was engaged in driving the French out of Spain, and was besieging Pampeluna and San Sebastian in the Pyrenees mountains. But the French army had reorganised and on 25 July, it launched a major assault against the British and Portuguese armies. Wellington re-grouped.

The 1/39th of Foot (Dorsets) was in the 2nd Division, which was tasked with holding the Maya Pass. When the French attacked here, the battalion moved forward to the front line, defended fiercly, then withdrew in good order to a position to the rear.

The 1/11th of Foot (Devons), in the 6th Division, took part in two ‘Battles of Sorauren’, to the north of Pampeluna, entering the fray from the west on 29 July and assaulting the French positions in three days of exceptionally severe fighting.

The French offensive had failed, and their withdrawal to France continued.