The Regimental Association of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

Welcome to our website

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.

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. 

A NATIONAL MEMORIAL TO THE COUNTY REGIMENTS OF DEVON AND DORSET 

We are delighted to announce that we are going to place a splendid new memorial to honour our three Regiments at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA); the nation's centre for remembrance.Our memorial will be a visible, national legacy of The Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment and The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment. It will demonstrate the pride we members have in our Regimental service and will tell our story to generations to come.

We invite all those who served in our three Regiments, their families, friends and people in the communities from which our soldiers came, our 'Wider Regimental Family', to join us in making this happen. You can become a joint owner of our memorial by making a contribution to its cost. Anyone can make a donation and we hope you will do so!

All the details of this exciting project, including how you can make a gift, are on our special Memorial Page, you can see what our memorial will look like and view a list of names of those of us who have contributed so far.

What our memorial means to me

'We that are left now of the Devon and Dorset's you see marching through Exeter on our regimental day are the last of the Devon and Dorset Regiment. When we are gone there will be no-one ... all the families of men who served in the regiment, and died in the regiment: all of those families will have somewhere to go and look and say: 'that's where they were'.

Keith Hicks

Devonshire and Devonshire and Dorset Regiments, whose father, Cpl Arthur Hicks, went 'over the top' on The Somme on 1st July 1916 with B Company, 2nd Devons.


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Association Programme - 01 February to 28 February 2017

03 Plymouth (Late Devons) Branch meeting, Crownhill Families Club, Fort Road, Crownhill at 1030-12 noon.

03 Plymouth D and D Branch meeting, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.45pm

03 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

06 Honiton F/P meeting, The Heathfield Inn, Honiton at 1pm.

10 Poole Branch meeting, RBL Club, 66 North Road, Parkstone, Poole, at 2.15pm.

15 Bridport Branch meeting, at The Haddon House Hotel, West Bay, Bridport at 11.30 am.

15 Exmouth F/P meeting, Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1 pm.

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

17 Books of Remembrance Page Turning Service, Sherborne Abbey, at 11am. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

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

25 Salisbury F/P meeting, RBL Andover 7.30pm

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

27 May 2017: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion after party at the Exeter White Ensign Club

27 May 2017: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.

24 June 2017: 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.

17 September 2017: Memorial unveiling and dedication service at the National Memorial Aboretum 

23 - 24 September 2017: Annual JBO, Exeter for more information click here.

The Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association facebook page.  We now have a facebook page click here to view.

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. Take a look now by using this link The Keep Military Museum.

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. 

Regimental Battle Honours

Martinique 1794
05 February

In 1794, a revolutionary government had been established in France and the country was at war with Britain. British Prime Minister Pitt sent a force under the command of General Charles Grey, including the 39th of Foot (later 1st Dorsets), to capture the French sugar islands in the Antilles.

The force landed in Barbados then on 05 February, invaded Martinique. The campaign lasted three weeks and ended with the surrender of Fort Bourbon on 24 March. This success was followed by a similar one in St Lucia, but after arriving in Guadeloupe, the 39th, smitten by disease, was besieged by overwhelming French reinforcements and all but wiped out.

The battle honour ‘Martinique 1794’ was only belatedly awarded to the Regiment in 1909.


Goch, Germany 1945, WW2
12 February

Goch is a German town on the Dutch border, south east of Nijmegan. In February 1945, it was assaulted during Operation Veritable, a 21st Army Group operation to clear and occupy the land between the Rhine and Maas rivers. 43rd Wessex Division, which included 4th and 5th Dorsets, was involved in this advance in cold, wet weather. Goch was cleared after heavy fighting.


Myinmu Bridgehead, Burma 1945, WW2
12 February

In early 1945, 1st Devons, part of 20th Indian Division in the British Fourteenth Army, were advancing across Central Burma towards Mandalay. Having crossed the River Chindwin, the crossing of the vast Irrawaddy commenced at Myinmu on 12 February. Fighting against the retreating Japanese in and around the bridgehead was fierce, and 1st Devons cleared a number of heavily defended villages as they advanced eastwards, also facing Japanese counter-attacks. These assaults were the last that 1st Devons conducted during the war.


Mandalay, Burma 1945, WW2
12 February

On the same day, 2nd Dorsets were also in Burma in the 2nd Division. Crossing the Irrawaddy, the battalion made its way across fairly open terrain to Mandalay. This 40-mile cross-country march contained a number of actions, including a costly but successful assault on the ‘Dirty Pagoda’ against well-prepared positions. Mandalay fell on 20 March.

Key Links

Donate By Text

You can now text donations to The Devon and Dorset Regimental Association Charity

Text DDRA11 £? to 70070
Where ? can be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10

For more information on how to donate to the Association charity click here

They couldn’t have done better by Christopher Jary

The Story of the Dorset Regiment in War and Peace 1939-67 - compiled by Christopher Jary.

Click the picture to read more detail and order the book.

For a review of this book by John Gaye click here

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

The Old West Country Regiments by Jeremy Archer

Profits go to The Keep Museum.

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Get In Touch

The Regimental Association of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
The Rifle's Exeter Office,
Block 11,
Wyvern Barracks,
Exeter,
Devon,
EX2 6AR

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