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 :: 2014-07-21

WELSH FOCAL POINT SWAN HOTEL ABERGAVENNY 4 JULY 2014

Another good turnout for this annual event with the guys starting to arrive from midday onward,

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 - 6 to 12 July

This week we have a branch meeting at Poole on 11 July and focal point meetings at Honiton 7 July and Tiverton on 11 July.

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

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

Salamanca 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 which 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’

 

 

 


Agira 23 July 1943

Agira sits, like a fairy-tale castle, on a spur of Mount Etna in central Sicily. In July 1943, Agira was on the Allied line of advance through the island, following the June invasion. The town was strongly held by German Panzer Grenadiers, with orders to hold out to the end.

The task given to 231st (Malta) Brigade, containing 1st Dorsets and 2nd Devons, was to capture high ground to the south of Agira, whilst Canadian Forces attacked the town itself from the west. On 20 July, both Devons and Dorsets sent out platoon-sized exploratory patrols. At 2300 hours on 22 July, the brigade attack went in, supported by artillery. Despite the steep ground, fierce hand-to-hand fighting and German counter-attacks, the brigade captured its objectives and held on. The Canadians took Agira on 27 July.
 
Whilst both regiments were represented at Agira, the battle honour was only awarded to the Dorsets.