The Regimental Association of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

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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 categorie 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 2018 

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

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

06       Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm.

06       Plymouth D and D Branch meeting & AGM, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.45pm

09       Honiton Focal Point meeting, Heathfield Inn, Honiton 1pm

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

18       Exmouth F/P meeting RAFA (Wings Club) Imperial Rd, Exmouth from 1pm

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

20       Books of Remembrance Page Turning Service, Sherborne Abbey 11am.​

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.

A NATIONAL MEMORIAL TO THE COUNTY REGIMENTS OF DEVON AND DORSET 

On 17 September 2017, we unveiled our wonderful National Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in a Dedication Ceremony attended by members of our Regimental Association and their guests. 

This happy conclusion was made possible by the artistic excellence of our sculptor, Vivien Mallock, and by the hard work of a large team of Association members who planned and managed the project. It is the outcome of the overwhelmingly generous support to our Memorial Appeal by a host of individuals and organisations across Devon, Dorset and beyond.

Read all about the Dedication Ceremony here.

Visit our National Memorial Page to read all about it.

Visit our Memorial Story page to read the story of our Memorial from inception to Dedication

Photograph by Simon Young.

New Information

13 October 2017: Members of the Kenya Vets / 4th Devons / 1st RV / D and D’s combined lunch, Wyvern Bks. More information here.

19 May 2018: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.

19 May 2018: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion after party at the Exeter White Ensign Club

30 June 2018: 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.

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​​​

Toulouse, France, Peninsula War
10 April  1814

 

The Battle of Toulouse was the 1/11th of Foot (later the Devonshire Regiment)’s final battle of the Peninsula and Napoleonic Wars. The Allied British-Portuguese and Spanish Army under Wellington had invaded France from Spain. Toulouse, the regional capital, was stoutly defended. 

During the British assault, the 1/11th was in the 6th Division, which was ordered, with the 4th Division, to attack the French to the east of the city.

At 2am on 10 April, they moved off in bright moonlight, across trackless, swampy ground and then through withering French fire, towards their objective of Mount Rave. At first, the plan did not go well. After firing their artillery, the French counter-attacked. However, the British met this solidly and the 1/11th put in another fierce attack towards the Great Redoubt, further to the north. The defending French line broke and the defenders withdrew. In all, the 1/11th took 143 casualties.

The French agreed to an armistice on 17 April.


Shenam Pass (Nippon Hill)
11 April  1944

In March 1944 the Japanese made an all-out attempt to invade India. The full force of the southern prong of the offensive fell upon 20th Indian Division, which included 80th Infantry Brigade in which the 1st Devons were serving. The Division became involved in a series of defensive battles holding stop-lines and blocking the Japanese advance up the Imphal road through the Shenam Pass. When the Japanese captured a feature known as Nippon Hill, 1st Devons were ordered to retake it. 

At 2300 hours on 10 April, the attack went in, supported by artillery and RAF ‘Hurribombers’. It was a ferocious battle in which the Battalion had to clear successive lines of trenches and bunkers that were fiercely defended. By the evening the objective was secured, and the Devons held on during the night, facing a series of counter-attacks. The Battalion lost 20 men, with 67 wounded.

Our website members can read an illustrated description of the battle for Nippon Hill on our Contributions page.


Hill 60, France, World War 1
21 April  1915​

Hill 60 lies about 3 miles south east of Ypres in Belgium. It is formed from the soil taken from a railway cutting and although only a pimple, it provides an overview of the surrounding territory. It was fiercely contested by both the British and German armies in 1915.

On 10 April, the British detonated 6 mines under the German trenches on the hill and then captured it. On 21 April 1915,1st Devons, which was in the 5th Division, took over the defence and were soon subjected to intense German shelling and counter-attacks. On 23 April the Battalion was itself relieved, having sustained 120 casualties.

Returning on 25 April, the Devons continued to defend the hill, but were relieved by 1st Dorsets from the same division on 01 May. That day, the Dorsets suffered the first German poisonous gas attack of the war against British troops. They suffered badly but managed to hold on, being reinforced by several units, including 1st Devons. This force beat off a subsequent German infantry attack, and the Devons then defended the hill until relieved on 04 May.

Not long after, a new German gas attack overwhelmed the British force and the Germans then held the hill until March 1917.


Regimental Memorial Dedication

Regimental Association Newsletter

Online Newsletter

Online Newsletter

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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