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.

A NATIONAL MEMORIAL TO THE COUNTY REGIMENTS OF DEVON AND DORSET 

Regimental Newsletters are now arriving on the doormats of our 2,700 members. They contain details of a new memorial to our three Regiments that we are going to place at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA); the nation's centre for remembrance.

We invite all those who served in our three Regiments to join us in making this happen.


What's it all about?

In the Regimental Newsletter, our members will find a letter from the Chairman of our Trustees, Maj Gen Bryan Dutton. It explains all about the project and how everyone can get involved.

The project details are also contained on our special Memorial Page where you can find out:

  • What the NMA is.
  • What we we going to do there.
  • How you can take part.

NMA photo by kind permission of The National Memorial Arboretum which retains its copyright.


What will the memorial be like?

Shown on the left is a detail - visit the Memorial Page to see the whole thing!


Funding our memorial needs your assistance!

You can become a joint owner of our memorial by making a contribution to its cost. 

All our members can make a donation and we hope you will do so! All the details of how much the memorial will cost and how you can make a gift towards it are on the Memorial Page. You can click the totalizer there to see how much we have raised and view a list of names of those of us who have contributed so far.

Donation Tip. Don't have a lump sum? Why not use our online donation site or a bank standing order to contribute over time? See our Memorial Page for all the details.


To all those who served in our three Regiments:

Visit our Memorial Page to find out:

- How you can join in and contribute
- How much we have raised so far on our totalizer
- Who has made a donation

Mike Richardson, Fundraising Manager, says:

'Helping to fund this enduring memorial in the heart of our nation, and so becoming one of its joint owners, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we need to get the ball rolling now! Once we unveil the memorial, I think we'll all be proud of what we have achieved.

Please take the opportunity to join us with your donation as soon as you can - and let's see the totalizer start to turn!'


This national memorial to our three proud Regiments will illustrate, to generations to come: 'Our Legacy'.

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 April to 30 April

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

01 Plymouth D and D Branch meeting (AGM), RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.30pm

01 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

02 Torbay & Teignbridge F/P meeting, Lord nelson Kingskerswell 1930 hrs

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

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

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

19 Southampton & District Branch meeting, Locksheath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Rd, Park Gate at 12.00 pm.

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

29 Tiverton F/P meeting, RBL Club, Tiverton at 7.30 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

23 - 24 September 2015: Annual JBO, Exeter for more information click here.

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.

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.

 

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.

Facebook:

 

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

Doiran, Macedonia, WW1
24 April 1917

In 1917, 10th Devons were serving with the 26th Division in Macedonia, where an Allied force was fighting the Bulgarian Army. The terrain was rough and craggy, the climate oppressive and the force was prone to disease. The British faced the Bulgarians south west of the town of Doiran. On 24 April, the British mounted a two division attack against the Bulgarian positions. 10th Devons had two objectives on the Petit Couronne, a well-defended rocky spur.

Advancing at 8pm, the Battalion was soon subjected to flares and searchlights, followed by a ferocious artillery barrage, made more destructive by the effect of shell and rock fragments in the confined ravines. B and C companies were decimated, but the remainder captured one of the objectives and attempted to take the other. Eventually, facing counter-attack, the Battalion was ordered to withdraw. 10th Devons lost 150 men, with some 300 wounded; an appalling loss on a seldom-remembered World War 1 battlefield. The Devons were awarded the battle honour ‘Doiran 1917’.

Villers-Bretonneux, France
24 April 1918

The second battle of Villers-Bretonneux, 27-27 April, took place during the German spring offensive of 1918. The first major offensive, Operation Michael, had come close to creating a gap between the British and French lines near Amiens, before being stopped in the first battle of Villers-Bretonneux. The second battle was a further German attempt to break the British lines in front of Amiens. It was held by the 8th Division, in which 2nd Devons served. The German attack was supported by A7V tanks.

2nd Devons held a line known as the Cachy Switch. At 4am on 24 April, the Germans launched a tremendous artillery barrage, including considerable amounts of gas. Despite the loss of the main Villers-Bretonneux ridge, the Devons held their position, at one stage infiltrated by three German tanks that caused many casualties. Later in the morning, British tanks and infantry reinforcements drove the Germans off the remainder of the ridge. The Devons suffered 146 men killed or missing, and 198 wounded