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The 11th (Reserve) Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One

In late 1914, when the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion was overflowing with recruits, permission was given to raise from it a second reserve battalion.  The 11th was formed from a nucleus of the 3rd Devons and quickly achieved full strength.  Based at Wareham, it acted as a holding and training unit, supplying the Devon battalions in battle – especially the 8th and 9th – with reinforcements. 

In August 1916 its connections with the Devonshire Regiment were severed and it became part of the new Training Reserve, which supplied reinforcements to all infantry units.