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. 


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.

Association Programme - 01 March to 31 March 2018 

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

02        Exeter Branch meeting, Whipton Institute Club at 7.30pm

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

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

04        Bath Branch meeting, Bathford RBL, 12:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

28        Gillingham Branch meeting, RBL Club, Gillingham, at 7:30pm

28        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.

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​​​

Tigris, World War 1
14 January 1916

Tigris was a battle honour awarded to units of the British and Imperial Armies that between 14 January and 24 April 1916 took part in the unsuccessful endeavour to relieve the Siege of Kut in the Mesopotamian Campaign.

The British force included 1st/6th Devons, within the independent 36th Brigade of the Indian Army. The battalion notably fought valiantly in an attempt to capture the Dujailah Redoubt, about 6 miles east of Kut, from the Turkish Army between 7 and 8 March, taking 240 casualties.

You can read a contemporary account of the Dujailah action by Colonel G. B. Oerton TD DL - click here.

Roer, World War 2
16 January 1945

This was a Battle Honour awarded to units participating in Operation Blackcock, a WW2 allied action to clear the ‘Roer Triangle’ on the Dutch/German border during early 1945. 2nd Devons, as lorried infantry, had recently regrouped to 7th Armoured Division, which was one of the attacking formations. The Devon's advance started on 16 January in cold, icy conditions. The Battalion took a number of strongly defended village objectives, concluding with St Odilienberg on 26 January, an attack supported by ‘Flail’ tanks. During the operation, the Battalion took 67 casualties.

Egypt, World War 1
26 January 1945

During WW1 the British garrisoned Egypt and were engaged in operations to defend the Suez Canal against Turkish Ottoman attack. Egypt was also used to launch major offensives against the Turkish forces in Mesopotamia and Palestine. 

A variety of our predecessor battalions passed through Egypt during the war, but did not see significant action there. These included the 2/5th Devons, which arrived in late 1915, but was broken up to reinforce other territorial battalions. The 1st Garrison Battalion that was partially made up from Devons, guarded vulnerable key points. The 2/4th Devons arrived in Suez in late 1917 and was involved in construction tasks.

1/5th Devons arrived from India in June 1917, joining the 75th Division. They occupied trenches on the Suez Canal, and endured Turkish shelling. Thereafter, they took part in the Palestine Campaign having first crossed the forbidding Sinai Desert.

05 February 1794

In 1794, a revolutionary government had been established in France and the country was at war with Britain. British Prime Minister Pitt sent a force under the command of General Charles Grey, including the 39th of Foot (later 1st Dorsets), to capture the French sugar islands in the Antilles.

The force landed in Barbados then on 05 February, invaded Martinique. The campaign lasted three weeks and ended with the surrender of Fort Bourbon on 24 March. This success was followed by a similar one in St Lucia, but after arriving in Guadeloupe, the 39th, smitten by disease, was besieged by overwhelming French reinforcements and all but wiped out.

The battle honour ‘Martinique 1794’ was only belatedly awarded to the Regiment in 1909.

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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