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.
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ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE RIFLES IN WIMBORNE
Our Regimental Association paraded in Wimborne to support our successors in The Rifles as they exercised their Freedom of the town.
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.
Regimental Reunion - Saturday 18 May
Association Programme - 19 to 25 May
This week we have branch meetings in Bridport, Gillingham and Southampton.
Why don't you join our members at these gatherings? They would be delighted to see you.
Please visit our Calendar page for details of these meetings, and meetings throughout the year.
16 May: Regimental Reunion - We're in the News! Our Regimental Reunion takes place in Exeter on Saturday 18 May and we're already in the news. You can read an article about the day in the latest Exeter Express and Echo - click here.
Watch out for other news about the day in the West Country media.
And if you served in any of our regiments - come and join us on the march!
15 May: Vernon Gardner. Sadly, we have heard that Vernon Gardner of Winchester died on13 May aged 90. He was one of our Dorset Regiment WW2 veterans. Please see our Obituaries page for funeral details. The family would welcome Regimental representation.
11 May: Herbert Jordan. Sadly we have heard that Herbert Jordan of Exeter died on 04 May aged 96. He served in WW2 with the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Devonshire Regiment. Please see our Obituaries page for funeral arrangements. The family would welcome Regimental representation.
10 May: Annual General Meeting 2013. All members are invited to attend the Association AGM, which will be held on Saturday 18 May prior to our Regimental Reunion. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting can be found on our Notice Board page.
05 May: Exeter Branch Reunion Evening Party. All members attending our Regimental Reunion on Saturday 18 May are cordially invited to attend the Reunion Evening Party organised by our Exeter Branch. See our Future Events page for all the details.
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 new discount card for members of the Armed Forces, families and veterans, has been announced. Members who have served can join.
Regimental Chapels. Our Regimental trustees have made a plan for the future of our Regimental Chapels.
National Memorial Arboretum. Association members paid a visit recently. You can read the report, and contribute your views.
Employment. When we are informed of employment possibilities, we place them here.
Forces Pension Society. If you have a forces pension, you might wish to join.
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.
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
(Click the logos):
The Rifles Websites:
Our Links page will get you to the essential Rifles websites.
The Rifles Care For Casualties (C4C) Appeal:
The Keep Military Museum:
The D and D Old Comrades Forum:
Amalgamation Day - 17 May
Friday 17 May 2013 marks the 55th anniversary of the 1958 amalgamation of The Devonshire Regiment with the Dorset Regiment to form The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment.
Regimental Battle Honours
16 May: Albuhera 1811 - Peninsula War
The Battle of Albuhera took place in Spain during the Peninsula War against the armies of France. Albuhera was a small village on the road to Badajoz, a fortress town held by the French but besieged by the British. The French sent a large force to relieve Badajoz. This was met by an allied force of British, Spanish, Portuguese and Kings German Legion troops.
The French attacked first and attempted to turn the right flank of the British south of the village. This was already blunted when Abercrombie’s Brigade, containing 2/39th of Foot (Dorsets), hurled themselves on the French Grenadiers and drove them back.
Steadiness and valour had outfaced a more powerful force, but at a great cost. 2/39th took some 20 percent casualties.
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