The Regimental Association of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

Welcome to our website

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 May to 31 May 2018

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

04        Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

04        Plymouth D and D Branch meeting, RBL Crownhill, Tailyour Road, Crownhill at    7.45pm

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

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

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

18        Books of Remembrance Page Turning Service, Sherborne Abbey 11am

18        West Country Dinner, Wyvern Bks

19        Regimental Association Reunion, Exeter

19        Exeter Branch Reunion After Party – White Ensign Club Exeter 7.30pm

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

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

25-29   Exeter Branch Bois des Buttes Battlefield Tour and 100 year commemoration

26-29   Regimental Association Bois des Buttes Battlefield Tour and 100 year commemoration

30        Purbeck Branch Meeting, Clay Pipe Inn, Organford Rd, Holton Heath 7.30pm​

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.


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​​​

North West Europe 1940
St Omer-La Bassee 1940

19 / 23 May 1918

​2nd Dorsets arrived in France in September 1939 as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) that was to defend Belgium and France against the impending German invasion. In May 1940, the German Blitzkrieg was launched, forcing the BEF back to the Channel, Dunkirk and, ultimately, England.

The Dorsets saw some heavy fighting, particularly around Festubert on the La Bassée Canal where the battalion bravely covered the withdrawal of the rest of the 2nd Division. They defended here for a brave and forlorn three days. The enemy were all around them and they suffered a steady seep of casualties. Finally, the Germans attacked in strength, and the surrounded battalion made a fighting withdrawal, escaping across country by night. They then helped to hold the Dunkirk perimeter, leaving France under fire on 30 May in a dredger which took them to England.

Bellewaarde Ridge, France
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, Aisne, France
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 - click here. 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.


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.

Click the picture for details.

Get In Touch

The Regimental Association of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
The Rifle's Exeter Office,
Block 11,
Wyvern Barracks,

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