The Regimental Association of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

The Regiment 1958 - 2007

The Regiment 1958 - 2007

The Regimental BadgesThe Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (D and D) was formed on 17 May 1958 by the amalgamation of the Devonshire Regiment and The Dorset Regiment.  A parade to mark the event took place in Minden, Germany.  After the amalgamation, the Regiment fielded a Regular Army battalion, the 1st Battalion, and initially, two Territorial Army (TA) battalions.

The 1st Battalion served all over the world in its 49 year existence: in the UK, Malta and Germany, and on military operations in Cyprus, British Guyana, Northern Ireland, Belize, Bosnia and Iraq.

The two TA battalions were disbanded in 1967, but their companies in Dorchester and Exeter were reordered to The Wessex Volunteers.  A new TA battalion, 4 D and D was raised in 1987, but was superseded by The Rifle Volunteers in 1999.  TA soldiers from Devon and Dorset joined the 1st Battalion on overseas operations for many years.

In 2006, the Regiment was re-titled The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry (DDLI), prior to merging with The Royal Regiment of Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry, The Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets on 01 February 2007 to form a new, large infantry regiment - The Rifles. It is in The Rifles that the infantrymen of Devon and Dorset now serve.

The final parade of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment was held in Exeter, in broad sunshine, on 27 January 2007.  Led by the Regimental Band, Regular, Territorial Army and Army Cadet Force officers, soldiers and cadets marched through Exeter, along with hundreds of members of the Regimental Association with their Branch Standards. The salute was taken by our Colonel in Chief; HRH The Duke of Kent.

Thousands of Exeter citizens turned out to watch and applaud. The march finished at Exeter Cathedral where, during a moving service, the Regimental Colours were laid up in our Regimental Chapel. The service was followed by a Beating of Retreat, and sounding of the ‘last post’.

This most poignant, memorable occasion marked the end of a 49-year chapter in the military life of Devon and Dorset that had begun with the amalgamation of The Devonshire Regiment with The Dorset Regiment in 1958.

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Musuem, DorchesterTo read more about our Regiment and its history, you should visit the website of The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester.  (Click the logo - opens in a new window).  On the Museum's website you will find much detail about our make-up, traditions and artefacts, and our relationship with our two counties. The Museum has an excellent collection.  We recommend a visit.  

Other Pages in this section:

The Regiment
The Regimental Charity
Our Local Organisation
Publications
The President's Award

PRESENTATION OF THE LEGION D'HONNEU

The Legion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and is France’s highest distinction which is awarded to military and civilians alike.

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You can now text donations to The Devon and Dorset Regimental Association Charity

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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.

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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.

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For a review of this book by Colin Pape click here

A Royal Christmas by Jeremy Archer

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A celebration of the Royal Family at Christmas

The Ulster Tales by General Sir John Wilsey

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The Old West Country Regiments by Jeremy Archer

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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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