A warm welcome to our Regimental Association members and to everyone visiting this page!
We are creating a new memorial to three County Regiments of Devon and Dorset in the Heart of England at the National Memorial Arboretum - a permanent mark of our Regiments at our nation's centre of remembrance. It will be a memorial of true quality to reflect our history and spirit, and our shared heritage and service.
It is not just a military monument. It will:
If you served with any of our Regiments, this is your memorial that will record and honour your service and the friends you made. If your family had members in our Regiments in any generation, if Devon and Dorset soldiers were your friends or colleagues, or if you honour the service of these proud county regiments - you are part of our 'Wider Regimental Family':
And as a Devon and Dorset, or member of our 'Wider Regimental Family', please join us by contributing to the cause.
You can see who has contributed to our appeal so far on our Donors' List, which is updated weekly. At the close of our fundraising appeal, these names will be recorded in our National Memorial Book that will be retained at The Keep Museum, Dorchester. Why not donate today and get your name in the book?
If donating as 'Anonymous', your name will not appear on our list of donors.
Name or details not accurate on our Donors' List? Please email us with the corrections.
Generous organisations and companies that have contributed to our appeal. Click the logos for links.
Want to join us and contribute on-line now?
Click the logo and follow the instructions - it's easy. And thank you.
If you need more information, read on to see why we need your contribution and other ways to pay .....
You can also see all the latest news of how the appeal is going by following us on our facebook page. Click on the logo to take you to our facebook page
The regular, territorial, volunteer and national service infantrymen of The Devonshire Regiment and The Dorset Regiment served across the globe and took part with notable distinction in two world wars, when their country needed them most. They were amalgamated in 1958 to form The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment.
These regiments enjoyed fine reputations for professionalism and drew on the strong relationships with the counties from which they derived; our ‘wider Regimental family’. In 2007, the Regiment was merged with others to form The Rifles.
Our Regimental Association is made up of over 2,500 former members of these Regiments; close comrades who maintain the friendships we made in service, honour our Regiments and remember those who have fallen in conflict.
You can find out more about us on our 'About Us' page: click here.
Our memorial will be created by the renowned sculptor Vivien Mallock and will thus be a work of national importance. It will consist of three bronze, life-sized figures. The memorial will be created from the artist’s model shown on the right and will portray the spirit of professionalism and fellowship felt by members of these proud regiments. Click the photo for a bigger image.
The Devonshire Regiment will be represented by a soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916 during the First World War; the Dorset Regiment by a soldier in 1944 at the Battle of Kohima as part of the Burma Campaign in the Second World War; and the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment by a soldier on patrol in Northern Ireland during the 1970s.
Our memorial will reflect the joint ethos, county culture and essence of our three Regiments. As well as being simple, highly distinctive and dignified, the detail of clothing, weapons and equipment will be accurate and the facial expressions are excellent, imparting that sense of comradeship and determination for which we are renowned.
The statues will be positioned on stone plinths featuring Regimental titles and framed by an 8-foot stone backing with relevant Regimental badges. ‘IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED’ will be engraved on the centre backing stone. Plinths and headstones will be of Priory stone, similar to Portland stone, but more durable. The design is impressive, has considerable impact and amounts to a powerful statement of our Regiments’ heritage.
An excellent location has been acquired in the NMA, which guarantees that thousands of visitors will view our memorial each year. You can see more details of the site on our Memorial News Page.
The site is approximately 10 x 10 metres and will include a panel explaining our history. A pathway wide enough for wheel chairs leading towards the memorial will allow closer inspection of the figures.
The photo shows Vivien Mallock working on her model. This will form the basis for the bronze, life-sized final version.
Many people will be familiar with the NMA. It is the UK's national centre for remembrance; a 15-acre site containing some 300 memorials and 30,000 trees located near Lichfield in Staffordshire. The NMA attracts some 300,000 visitors per year.
The NMA ‘is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial’. (NMA website).
A central memorial at the NMA commemorates every individual who has died on active service since World War 2, and other monuments there honour a multiplicity of military formations and regiments, and organisations that have in some way served our nation. It is here that future generations will learn of the part each one has played.
Those of our members who have visited there have found what an inspiring place it is. To find out about the NMA, visit its website and watch the video introduction. We hope you will become as enthusiastic as we are in creating a Regimental presence there.
NMA photos by kind permission of The National Memorial Arboretum which retains their copyright.
A Dedication Ceremony will be held at the memorial site on Sunday 17th September 2017. Full details, including confirmed timings and instructions as to how to register to attend were enclosed with the March 2017 Regimental Newsletter. If you are a member of our Regimental Association and did not receive a copy, contact our regimental staff in Exeter: Email, or Phone 01392 492436 (mornings only).
It promises to be a great Regimental Occasion.
To all who served in our Regiments, to 'The Wider Regimental Family' and anyone who values the distinguished service of these proud West Country regiments - there is an opportunity for you to become a joint-owner of this impressive memorial by making a donation towards its cost.
Scroll down to see how.
Honour your service and the achievements of all the soldiers and their families associated with these proud county regiments. You will remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives, and leave a permanent, national legacy of our county regiments to inform generations to come.
Become a joint-owner of this splendid monument. A smart, leather-bound Memorial Book containing the names of all donors, but not the amount donated, will be created at the end of our fundraising appeal and will feature in the collection at The Keep Museum in Dorchester. See our Donors List (updated weekly) for the names of those who, so far, will be included. Why not join them?
You may make a donation in memory of a relation or friend who served in our regiments (see below).
John 'Paddy' Wibberley was one of the key instigators of our memorial project and is an ardent campaigner on its behalf. Read his heartfelt message - 'A Call to Arms' to all members of our regiments: click here.
All these payment methods are described in our How to Donate document which you should visit for the details you will need, including how to tell us who the donation is from. If you want to make your gift online, you can use the Virgin Money Giving link below.
Please consider adding Gift Aid if you are eligible. It will effectively increase your donation by 25% at no cost to yourself. Gift Aid can only be claimed on personal donations from UK tax-payers.
We hope you will contribute as generously as your personal circumstances allow, but all gifts of any size will be most gratefully received.
Please note that, by kind permission of our Association Chairman, Bill Sharpe, all contributions to our Regimental Association this year will go towards the memorial appeal, except those specifically intended to support our Reunion and Newsletter.
You can donate online via our Virgin Money Giving page - it's easy!
Click the logo. There are instructions as to how to include Gift Aid with your contribution.
Donations can be one off or you can set up a monthly payment to spread the cost.
Monthly giving - a great way to contribute
Haven't got a lump sum to contribute? No problem. For the price of a few pints a month, you can make a sizeable donation during the year by giving on a monthly basis.
For example, a monthly £10 donation for a year will give our appeal £120. With Gift Aid, this rises to £150!
There are two ways to do this:
'In memory of Sgt Tommy Atkins, 1st Dorsets, killed in action 1916', or:
'In memory of Tommy Atkins, D and D, 1959-1972'.
... and add them to your donation slip if giving by cheque or cash. If donating on line, you can put your tribute in the message box. If donating by text, faster payment or BACS, please email our Regimental secretary with the details.
All Remembrance messages will be included in our Memorial Book. Remember to include your own name as well so the details can be matched to your donation.
We are really grateful for all your donations. 100% of them will go towards funding the memorial.
Please follow progress on this page and on Facebook.
And visit read our news articles on our Memorial News page.
If you would like to commemorate a relative who served in the First World War, who was killed, wounded or survived, you can do this by obtaining your own personalised copy of the moving poem 'The Roll Call' by Dave Bamber, which will be a lasting commemoration of your ancestor and also help to fund our National Memorial.
Visit our Memorial News Page to read all about it and to take part in this splendid initiative by Dave.
For in-depth news articles, visit our Memorial News Page.
To see who has donated to our appeal so far, visit our Donors' List.
20 August 2017
Visit our Memorial News Page to see more.
14 August 2017
The BBC's Simon Clemison’s article, filmed on 11 August (see previous news item), occurred throughout today on BBC Spotlight (Plymouth). BBC South Today (Southampton) may put it out tomorrow (Tuesday). Here’s a link to the Spotlight item, worth looking soonest as they take it off again quickly. Start at 12:08.
A radio package went out on four programmes – BBC Solent’s two breakfast shows (Dorset and Hants/Dorset/IOW), BBC Radio Devon and it was also taken by BBC Radio Cornwall.
We'll put more information and links on this page when we have them. Keep visiting!
14 August 2017
Regimental Trustees visited the Talos Art Foundry at Quarley on Friday 11 August to view our three National Memorial figures that have now been cast in full-sized bronze - and a magnificant sight the figures made.
The BBC turned up to film them as well.
Visit our Memorial News Page for a full report and for photos of the finished figures.
13 August 2017
Last Friday, a local news team from the BBC visited the Talos Art Foundry, where our three National Memorial figures have now been fully cast in bronze. The BBC filmed and interviewed our sculptor, Vivien Mallock, and the foundry’s Simon Furnell, who has been responsible for the casting. They also met Christopher Hodgson, whose great-uncle Lt William Hodgson served in the 9th Devons on The Somme in World War 1 and wrote the famous poem ‘Before Battle’, Jenny Jeapes, whose father Lt Col Geoffrey White was 2IC of 2nd Dorsets at Kohima, along with Martin King and Mike Richardson from our Regimental Association.
STOP PRESS: We understand that the BBC are going to do some TV coverage this Monday 14th August - starting in their breakfast bulletins (on BBC Spotlight and probably BBC South Today) and then their lunchtime bulletin and their evening news . We might also be on the Monday morning local radio - BBC Radio Solent and BBC Radio Devon. If you can’t watch or listen live, you might be able to catch up on-line. Check out the programmes’ websites.
The photo shows our completed Somme figure. A portfolio of photos from the visit will appear on this website in the next few days. So keep visiting!
03 August 2017
Our National Memorial site at the National Memorial Arboretum has been cleared of trees and now the ground work has commenced.
Meanwhile, work on the three memorial figures is nearing completion.
Visit our Memorial News Page to get an update and see the site work in progress.
25 July 2017
Some of us have been taking a holiday recently, so we haven't published the names of our kind donors for a couple of weeks. You can now access the latest version of our Donors' List. Many thanks to all those named.
There's still two months to go before the Dedication Ceremony, so plenty of time to join in with our fundraising appeal. Don't forget that you can make your contribution in memory of a friend or relative who served in our regiments. See the Donors' List for examples.
Photo by Le Domaine de la Réserve, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.
04 July 2017
In fact, we have now made over £105,000 towards the cost.
That is fantastic news and a credit to all those individuals and organisations who have so generously supported us. We are vey grateful to you all. But it's not over yet. We'll keep fundraising until the Memorial Dedication in September, and every penny will reduce the pressure on our regimental funds that must make up the shortfall.
If you belong to our Regimental Assocation, please keep advertising our project to all and sundry in our two counties, especially those who have some link to our regiments. And to anyone reading this, we'll value any gifts, no matter how large or small, that you might care to make. Click here to see all the ways you can contribute and get your name into our official memorial book. Thank you.
01 July 2017
29 June 2017
Having received a splendid donation from their Devon counterparts, we are delighted to announce that the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset has also contributed a most generous sum to swell our coffers. Very many thanks to all Dorset Masons. Please consider yourselves an enduring part of our Wider Regimental Family, and part-owners of our wonderful National Memorial.
We Devon and Dorsets are all hugely thankful.
21 June 2017
Our National Memorial Fund continues to increase apace and this Monday, it received a massive boost from Dorset County Council. Representing our Regimental Association at the Council's annual flag-raising ceremony in Dorchester, Major John Gaye collected a huge (in both senses of the word) cheque for £5,000 from Council Chairman, Cllr Hilary Cox and Former Chairman, Cllr Andrew Cattaway, an ex-Gunner.
It is wonderful that the Council has chosen to support our appeal in this marvellous way. Its most generous donation, on behalf of the citizens of Dorset, pays tribute to the achievements and sacrifices of those of all generations who served in the Devon and Dorsets and encapsulates the firm connection that has always existed between our Regiment and our two home counties.
Many thanks Dorset – we are all very grateful!
We have just received a splendid donation to our National Memorial appeal from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire - the Masons in Devon. It's great to be supported by these generous people, who can now consider themselves firmly part of our 'Wider Regimental Family'. Many thanks indeed.
09 June 2017
As you will see from our latest Donors' List (updated weekly) we have just received generous contributions to our National Memorial appeal from Shaftesbury Town Council and the Old Honitonians Club - Old Boys of Allhallows School. Many thanks indeed for their great donations.
We also note that a number of people have concluded their year-long commitment to contribute to our fund via monthly Standing Orders. We are very grateful to them all for maintaining their valuable payments for the full term.
... and we're still in business. Councils and companies continue to join in, and individuals can still do so as well to get their name into our official National Memorial Donors' Book. All the ways to donate are shown in the HOW CAN I DONATE? section on the left of this page.
Many thanks to all our marvellous donors!
Photo of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury by Sean Davis. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
26 May 2017
We are delighted to have received a donation towards the cost of our National Memorial from Wimborne-based Cobham Mission Systems. Cobham is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of aerospace and defense technology and systems, and now very much part of our Wider Regimental Family.
We are enormously grateful for their support.
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
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
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
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
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
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