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 

Public Launch Day - Monday 23 May 2016

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.


What's it all about?

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. 

All the details of this exciting project are on our special Memorial Page.

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


What will the memorial be like?

Shown on the right 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 the details of how you can make a gift towards it are on the Memorial Page. Anyone can make a donation and we hope you will do so! 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.

The Patron of our Memorial Appeal is HRH The Duke of Kent.

Our Vice Patrons are the Lord-Lieutenants of Devon and Dorset.

To all those who served in our three Regiments and to our 'Wider Regimental Family': 

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 watch the totalizer turn!'


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.


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 May to 31 May

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

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

06 Plymouth D and D Branch meeting, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.30pm

06 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

20 West Country Dinner Wyvern Bks, Exeter

21 Regimental Reunion Exeter

21 Exeter Branch Reunion After Party – Ensign Club Exeter 1900hrs

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

25 Purbeck Branch Meeting, Clay Pipe Inn, Organford Rd, Holton Heath, nr Poole at 8pm

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

Bellewaarde Ridge, WW1
24 May 1915

The Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge was the fourth and final phase of the Second Battle of Ypres. At 2.45am on 24 May (Whit Monday), a ferocious German artillery bombardment, containing high-explosive and chlorine gas, was launched on the British V Corps defending the line east of Ypres. German infantry assaulted in its wake. The attack was broad and speedy, but the British defence rallied and the attackers were repelled by small arms fire.

1st Dorsets, in the 5th Division, were still in the area of Hill 60, near Ypres, where they had remained since the Germans captured it in April. Manning their lines, they defended, patrolled aggressively and bombed their way along sections of enemy trench.

On 25 May, the German attack petered out, having made only modest gains.

Bois des Buttes, WW1
27 May 1918

In early May 1918, the depleted British 8th Division, including 2nd Devons, moved to a previously tranquil area of the Western Front north west of Reims to rebuild. On 26 May, their peace was shattered by a major German assault in the Aisne area - ‘Operation Blucher’.

The 2nd Devons gallant stand against this German advance at Bois de Buttes is legendary. You can read the story of the battle on The Keep Museum website. After the battle, the French awarded the whole battalion with the Croix de Guerre. The ribbon, shown above, was worn thereafter on the uniforms of Devons, Devon and Dorsets, and now our successors in The Rifles.