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.
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.
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.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. You can become a joint owner of our memorial by making a contribution to its cost. Anyone can make a donation and we hope you will do so!
All the details of this exciting project, including how you can make a gift, are on our special Memorial Page, you can see what our memorial will look like and view a list of names of those of us who have contributed so far.
'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'.
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.
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03 Honiton F/P meeting, The Heathfield Inn, Honiton at 1pm.
07 Plymouth (Late Devons) Branch meeting, Crownhill Families Club, Fort Road, Crownhill at 1030- 12 noon.
07 Plymouth D and D Branch meeting, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at 7.30pm
07 Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm
07 Officers’ Club Sandwich Lunch, Wyvern Bks, Exeter
08 Torbay & Teignbridge F/P meeting, Lord Nelson Kingskerswell 1930 hrs
14 Poole Branch meeting, RBL Club, 66 North Road, Parkstone, Poole, at 2.15pm.
14 Veterans Regimental Lunch, Wyvern Bks, Exeter 12 noon
14 Tiverton F/P meeting, RBL Club, Tiverton at 7.30 pm.
17 Bridport Branch meeting, at The Haddon House Hotel, West Bay, Bridport at 11.30 am.
18 Southampton and District Branch meeting, Locksheath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, Park Gate at 12.00 pm.
19 Exmouth F/P meeting, Exmouth Football Club, Southern Road from 1 pm.
21 Gillingham Branch Annual Dinner – Olive Bowl Events Centre Gillingham
26 Tirah Ceremony Borough Gardens Dorchester 1100 hrs.
Visit our Calendar page for notice of meetings throughout the year.
27 May 2017: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion after party at the Exeter White Ensign Club
27 May 2017: Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association annual reunion.
23 - 24 September 2016: Annual JBO, Exeter for more information click here.
29 July 2016: Summer Meet for Janners in London Friday the 29th July for more info 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.
5 March 2016: Service of Rededication - Sherborne Abbey, for more information click here.
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.
November 2014: 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.
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.
The two battles of Passchendaele took place in a sea of mud, as part of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. Convinced that German morale was crumbling, the British advanced to Passchendaele Ridge. The Germans resisted strongly and the attempted breakthough failed.
Passchendaele village was taken in November and the attack was called off. For the sake of a few kilometres, the British had lost 310,000 men and the Germans 260,000.
6th Dorsets in the 17th Division took part in both phases. They were in reserve during the 17th Division’s only major attack, then held part of the newly captured line until 22 October.
8th and 9th Devons in the 7th Division took part in the second battle from 26 October. In dreadful conditions, their weapons blocked by mud, they advanced with tremendous spirit and discipline towards the village of Gheluvelt, but took appalling casualties. The 8th lost 258 killed; the 9th 294.
1st Devons in the 5th Division were also present, but out of the front line.
The Battle of the Selle was fought during the last ‘Hundred Days’ of WW1, when the Allies advanced across the Hindenburg Line and forced the November armistice.
Having captured Cambrai, the British closed up on the retreating German Army, which had taken up a position to the east of the Selle river. The Allies had to cross the river, a railway embankment and then a ridge on the far side. After artillery bombardments, British troops attacked with infantry and tanks. Fighting was fierce but by nightfall enemy defences had been broken and Le Cateau captured.
Severe fighting continued, then on 20 October in a surprise night attack, the British secured the high ground east of the Selle.
During the battle, 1st Devons in the 5th Division crossed the Selle and assaulted an area south of Solemes in heavy rain, shell and machine gun fire but captured their objectives, taking 90 casualties.
The 62nd Division containing 5th Devons, took Solemes itself, but the battalion was not seriously engaged.
In the 17th Division, 6th Dorsets took a sector of the railway line then captured a ridge near Neuvilly taking about 50 casualties.
The attack was renewed on 23 October with a major combined assault and the German Army retreated.
This battle was fought on the Italian front during WW1, when the Italian Army faced the Austro-Hungarians in northeast Italy. The Italians made a number of costly advances against the invaders during 1918, but were then bolstered by other Allied divisions. These included the 7th British Division in which 8th and 9th Devons served. The 9th returned to the Western Front in September, but 8th Devons took part in the final advance against the Austrians in the autumn of 1918.
On 23 October, the Devons reached Maserada. They then carried out a number of attacks in flat-bottomed boats to secure a start line for the Allied force on the Grave de Papadopoli, an island in the River Piave. The objective was taken with comparative ease against the demoralised enemy. It was the 8th's last battle. An Armistice was signed between the Italians and the Austrians on 04 November.
In 1916, three British corps began pushing across the Sinai Peninsula to attack the Turkish-Ottoman Empire in Palestine. In early 1917, they advanced towards Gaza. Strong Turkish defences created a stalemate. This was broken when General Allenby conducted a flanking attack against the lightly-defended Beersheba, masked by deceptive feints at Gaza.
On 31 October Beersheba was taken and on 2 November a night attack was launched along the coast to Gaza, which finally succeeded 6 days later.
1/5th Devons took part in this battle in the 75th Division. They were in reserve for most of the time, but in action from 7 November at Junction Station and thereafter on the route to Jerusalem.
Also in the 75th Division, 2/4th Dorsets manned the front line south of Gaza and defeated three determined Turkish night attacks, supported by heavy shelling, before they were relieved. Gaza was a decisive victory, which opened the road to Jerusalem.
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
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The Story of the Dorset Regiment in War and Peace 1939-67 - compiled by Christopher Jary.
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For a review of this book by John Gaye click here
Stories of service by Devon legionnaires - compiled by Paddy King-Fretts. Profits go to the RBL.
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For a review of this book by Colin Pape click here
Profits go to ABF - The Soldiers Charity.
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A celebration of the Royal Family at Christmas
Profits go to The Rifles Care For Casualties (C4C) appeal.
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