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[2018-02-07] Job Vacancies:
...The Keep is looking for an Archives Officer, follow this link to read more about the job! ...

[2017-12-13] He’s behind you……!:
... In this season of good cheer, a Christmas offering with a difference; a panto programme from a POW Camp! “The New Alladin” was performed in the Gaiety Theatre of Stalag VIII-B at Christmas 1942. The camp was sited near the town of ...

[2017-11-30] Christmas Opening Times:
...The Keep will be closed from Friday 22nd December and we will re-open Tuesday 9th January 2018. ...

[2017-11-20] An Unknown Dorset Soldier:
...Back from the Somme and the burial of two unknown soldiers, one Dorset and one Bedford in Bouzincourt Ridge CWGC Cemetery. DNA got the Dorset down to one of six names on the Arras Memorial from an original twelve, all killed on 29/30 March 1918 durin...

[2017-10-06] The Museum will be closed on Friday 13th October 2017:
...Due to a staff and volunteer trip the museum will be closed on Friday 13th October, we will be open again on Monday 16th October 10:00 - 16:30!  ...

[2017-09-04] Book Review - Yells Bells & Smells:
...Book Review Yells, Bells and Smells: The Story of the Devons, Hampshires & Dorsets in the Siege of Malta 1940-43 by Christopher Jary Size, they say, matters. As a piece of real estate, Malta has but 12.5% of the area of our own county...

[2017-08-25] August Bank Holiday:
...This Bank Holiday the Keep will be open: Saturday 10:00 - 17:00  Sunday Closed Monday 10:30 - 16:00 Its kids go free until Saturday 2nd September! ...

[2017-08-09] Help us identify a recent addition to our collection:
...A little assistance please, from you air dropped ordnance experts regarding this recent addition to our collections! A little over 50cm long, the body appears to be coiled steel, with a suspension lug on top and another on the tail. A fair amount of ...

[2017-08-03] Yells, Bells & Smells - New book at the Keep!:
...YELLS, BELLS & SMELLS: THE STORY OF THE DEVONS, HAMPSHIRE AND DORSETS IN THE SIEGE OF MALTA 1940-43 by Christopher Jary 228 pages; Paperback; Price from The Keep Military Museum £12 or the book can be purchased from the Keep's on...

[2017-07-25] The Dorsets at Dunkirk:
...Follow this link to read about the Dorsets at Dunkirk! We are also holding a talk on Thursday 27th July at 14:00 where you have the chance to hear the story of the Dorset Regiment at Dunkirk and a chance to see and handle British soldiers' kit...

[2017-07-04] First World War Medals retrieved from a shredding machine!:
... I didn’t think this sort of thing happened any more, but apparently it does; retrieved from a shredding machine in a paper recycling works are two very battered First World War medals.  The British War and Victory Medals, “Mut...

[2017-06-20] A foreign object from a Weymouth garden:
... A recent donation to our collection, this decorative brass box was found sometime in the early 1960s by Mr John Randall Spicer, deep-digging his vegetable plot on the Littlemoor estate in Weymouth. Deducing that it was obviously for wearing on a ...

[2017-05-30] World War One Handling Kit Event:
...We are running a World War One handling kit event all day today at the Keep Military Museum. The event is free with admission and kids go free all half term!  ...

[2017-05-26] May Half Term Events:
...There is a lot happening at the Keep this May Half Term! Not only is it KIDS GO FREE but we also have lots of activities planned. Explore the Museum’s four floors of history which include a trench, a jungle, a cell and even a life sized hors...

[2017-05-04] Memorial figures for the National Memorial Arboretum:
...Our Curator visited Vivi Mallock's studio to sign off the last of the Devon and Dorset Memorial figures for the National Memorial Arboretum. Our "Somme Devon" seems to be coming along splendidly! Head over to our Facebook to see...

[2017-05-02] Volunteer research: Colonel Christopher Pepys D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C.:
...Not only does the Keep Military Museum have four floors, three hundred years of history and spectacular views from the roof, it also holds a large archive, which includes photograph albums. One of these albums, belonging to a Colonel Christopher P...

[2017-04-10] Volunteer at the Keep Military Museum:
...Volunteers at the Keep Military Museum give hundreds of hours of invaluable help to the Museum every year. We are currently looking for Front of House volunteers! Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people and gives you the oppo...

[2017-04-04] Easter Family Events:
...From April 4, 2017 to April 10, 2017 all kids are free at the Keep Military Museum  There is something for all the family, from dressing up in military uniforms in our reconstructed World War 1 trench to Behind the Scenes Tours We also hav...

[2017-03-17] A wonderful addition to the Keep's collection!:
...The Keep Military Museum has an exciting new addition to its collection, follow this link to read about the newly discovered original plans for the Dorchester Brigade Depot, which date back to 1877! ...

[2017-02-06] February Half Term!:
...Looking for something to do this February half term? Head over to our Events page to find out about the special events happening at the Keep, and don't forget its KIDS GO FREE all week!...

[2016-12-14] Christmas & New Year Opening Times:
...We are closed for Christmas from the 22nd December and we will re-open on January 4th. Have a look at our object of the month video, which goes behind the scenes to look at the Keep's Christmas card collection.  Merry Christmas and...

[2016-12-09] Commemorating the Battle of the Sambre in the Forest of Mormal:
...We are honoured to be working in partnership with 4thNovember1918, go to their website to find out more! On the morning of the 4th November 1918 the last major British offensive of the Great War began. 17 British Divisions atta...

[2016-12-05] Keep Friends 2016 Newsletter:
...The 2016 Keep Friends Newsletter is now on our website! Why not become a Friend of the Keep yourself? Its a wonderful way to support a charity!...

[2016-09-27] New Book! STRAIGHT ON FOR TOKYO: Review:
...FESTUBERT AND KOHIMA REMEMBERED Christopher Jary Buy the book here Straight on for Tokyo is a remarkable book in three ways – for the story it tells, for the characters it portrays and for the quality of its telling – which toget...

[2016-08-15] Museum Event!:
...100 years ago, the Battle of the Somme was taking place and the gunfire could be heard in southern England. Come to The Keep to find out what it was like - try on uniforms and equipment - stand in a reconstructed trench - hear our Curator tell the st...

[2016-08-11] Events at the Keep:
...The Keep Military Museum has a range of events over the summer holidays follow this link: EVENTS to find out when we are running our; Talks with the Curator Behing the Scenes tours, take a look behind the closed doors of the museum Han...

[2016-07-22] KIDS GO FREE:
...   KIDS GO FREE, BEHIND THE SCENES EXLPORATION, SOMME TRIBUTE It’s Kids Go Free at the Keep throughout the whole of the summer holidays. Explore behind the scenes, have a guided tour through 300 years of history over 4 floors and ...

[2016-07-21] Devotion To Duty Book Launched:
...A book that, for the first time, brings together all of the surviving citations for gallantry awards won by soldiers in the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorset Regiment between 1919 and 1958 has been officially launched in Dorchester. The launch took ...

[2016-07-08] New Book! Devotion to Duty: Review:
...Devotion to Duty – Gallantry Awards won by the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorset Regiment 1919-1958 A review by John Gaye Buy the book online Regimental and military histories can be exceedingly dull. Fortunately most of our more prolif...

[2016-07-07] We are hosting a free event on 26th July with Dorchester Town Council:
...We are hosting a free event with Dorchester Town Council at The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset!   ...

[2016-06-30] Somme 100 - Our Tribute To Those Who Fell:
...Keep volunteer Jane Mills has worked tirelessly to put together a Roll of Honour to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The list of those from the Devonshire and Dorset regiments who fell during the 141 days of the battle is on...

[2016-06-08] D Day Remembered 72 Years On:
...A Service of Remembrance was held at The Keep Museum to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy on 6th June 1944.  The annual public service was attended by the MayorTim Harries and Mrs Anita Harries, as w...

[2016-06-08] The Keep Named As A Cool Place To Visit In Dorchester:
...We're featured in this month's Dorset Magazine as a cool place to visit in Dorchester - come and find out why! ...

[2016-06-07] Summer Offers Planned after Half Term Success:
...A very busy half term at the Keep Museum saw lots of visitors taking advantage of our Kids Go Free in Half Term special offer.  Take a look at some more photos on our Facebook Page.   We're already putting together plans for some ...

[2016-05-14] Kids Go Free is back for the Spring Half Term Holiday:
...This half term at the Keep KIDS GO FREE is back. All children (supervised by an adult) can have free entry to the museum as well as free trails. The Trench Experience and the view from the roof are a must-see for kids and there are lots of other t...

[2016-04-08] Mayors of Dorset Civic Day Visit:
...We welcomed Mayors and Councillors from across Dorset today as they toured the town during the annual Civic Day, hosted this year by Cllr Robin and Mrs Val Potter. Chris and Charles gave tours of the building including the amazing view from the roof....

[2016-03-23] Kids Go Free and Behind the Scenes Tours During the School Easter Holidays:
... During the school holidays we have Kids Go Free, Children's Easter Trails and Curator's Tours Behind the Scenes (for everyone!). There is no extra charge for the tours once the admission price has been paid. There's no need to bo...

[2016-03-22] Swanage Ceremony for Dorset Knights of Honour:
...The family of former Dorset soldier Harry Carter flew in from New Zealand to see him receive France's highest military honour alongside fellow veteran Greg Hayward. Greg served in the RAF and lives in Corfe Mullen. The French Consu...

[2016-03-11] A Trench Life Saver - This Month's Keepsake Video Released:
...This month's Object of the Month video is now available to view. Chris Copson talks about a life saving 100-year-old gadget found in the stores here at the Keep. To comment on the video and share with your friends you can also view it on our...

[2016-02-29] Rare Armoured Car Visits Keep to Commemorate Agagia Centenary:
... A rare armoured car, one of only two survivors in the World, visited the Keep this weekend. The Rolls Royce car is one like those in the private armoured car squadron of the Duke of Westminster, used to support the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry...

[2015-12-16] What Christmas was like on the Western Front in 1915:
...Chris Copson on what life was like in the trenches at Christmas in 1915, why there was no Christmas truce that year,  and how soliders kept in touch with their loved ones.  Join us on www.facebook.com/keepmilitarymuseum to give us y...

[2015-11-18] 100-Year-Old Diary From The Battlefield Donated To Museum Gives Unique Perspective On Gallipoli:
...A diary has been donated to the Keep Museum, written during action on the battlefield in Gallipoli 100 years ago. Diaries were not allowed of course, and this fascinating record gives us a glimpse of the unimaginable conditions faced by soldiers...

[2015-10-29] New Books In The Museum Shop:
...New - in our shop - 'Weymouth, Dorchester and Portland in the Great War' by Jacqueline Wadsworth, telling the story of ordinary lives in World War 1. £12.99 or available with postage and packing from the Museum online shop. We also have...

[2015-10-29] Act of Remembrance - Tirah Campaign 1897:
...Here are our photographs from the Act of Remembrance for the Tirah Campaign, held at The Obelisk in Borough Gardens, Dorchester on 28th October 2015. The 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment were in action at Tirah on the North-West Frontier in ...

[2015-09-28] Keep Hosts launch of Penny Legg's new book Military Wives:
...The Keep played host to the launch of Author Penny Legg's new book "Military Wives" at the weekend. Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page. The book is raising money for SSAFA Dorset. Pictured are the Keep's Curato...

[2015-08-07] Certificate of Excellence Award for The Keep:
... We are pleased to be a 2015 Certificate of Excellence Winner with Trip Advisor. Take a look at our reviews on this site or by going straight to our Facebook Page here....

[2015-08-05] An account of the Dorsets in Hong Kong 1952-1954 - Major John Gaye writes a review of Bullshit Baffles Brains by Dick Eberlie and Christopher Jary:
...   This delightful book is based on the diaries of Dick Eberlie who was posted as a National Service officer to the 1st Battalion The Dorset Regiment, based in Hong Kong and training for deployment to Korea. It is therefore full of reminis...

[2015-07-14] Pupils Join Forces to Learn the Lessons of Gallipoli:
...Sunninghill Preparatory School played host to local middle schools for one of the Keep Military Museum’s school outreach workshops. Pupils from Sunninghill were joined by students from St Osmund’s, Dorchester Middle School and St Mary&rsq...

[2015-07-09] On Sale Now! Bullshit Baffles Brains book is officially launched at Royal British Legion Club:
...The offical launch has taken place of the latest book by Christopher Jary. The book, entitled Bullshit Baffles Brains, follows the recent success of They Couldn’t Have Done Better (The Story of the Dorset Regiment 1939-67). This ti...

[2015-05-13] New Kohima Stone Dedicated at Service in Dorchester:
...A permanent memorial to the courage of the men from the 2nd Dorsets, who lost 330 casualties during the Battle of Kohima, has been unveiled at a service outside County Hall in Dorchester.  The unveiling took place on the 71st anniversary...

[2015-05-11] Unveiling of Kohima Stone at County Hall:
...A Stone to remember the bravery of the 2nd Dorsets in India in 1944 will be unveiled at County Hall in Dorchester on Wednesday (13th May 2015) at 11am. The date marks the end of the battle for Kohima.  The 2nd&nb...

[2015-05-02] Remembering Hill 60 One Hundred Years On:
...On Saturday 2nd May the 100th anniversary of a tragic episode in World War I involving men of the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment was commemorated with a service at St Martin's Church in Shipton Gorge near Bridport. The story of on...

[2015-04-22] The Last Bash Of The Swedebashers - But They Will Live On At The Keep Military Museum:
... Saturday saw the last get together of one of the longest running Regimental Associations in British history. The Swedebashers met up regularly after the Second World War and their story will live on at the Keep Military Museum thanks to the unvei...

[2015-03-12] 21-year-old Works to Encourage Young People to Venture into the Past:
... The Keep was featured on ITV recently as part of the Fixers series. 21-year-old Jack Welch, a friend of the Keep, is working to encourage young people to venture into the past, making history more relevant and accessible for his age group. Jack i...

[2015-03-11] WW1 Trench Experience - New for 2015!:
...  Come and walk into a WW1 trench and learn about life for a Tommy in 1915. This interactive Trench Experience will help you take a glimpse through the eyes of a soldier exactly one hundred years ago. Suitable for all ages the Trench Experien...

[2014-10-10] They Couldn't Have Done Better - The Story of the Dorset Regiment in War and Peace 1939 - 1967:
... The brand new history of the Dorsetshire Regiment - 'They Couldn't Have Done Better' by Christopher Jary has now been published. This  400 page hard back book is fully illustrated and covers the history of the Regiment from 19...

[2000-00-08] Mayors of Dorset Civic Day Visit:
...We welcomed Mayors and Councillors from across Dorset today as they toured the town during the annual Civic Day, hosted this year by Cllr Robin and Mrs Val Potter. Chris and Charles gave tours of the building including the amazing view from the roof....

[2000-00-08] Mayors of Dorset Civic Day Visit:
...We welcomed Mayors and Councillors from across Dorset today as they toured the town during the annual Civic Day, hosted this year by Cllr Robin and Mrs Val Potter. Chris and Charles gave tours of the building including the amazing view from the roof....

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Collections: ...Collections The Museum holds the collection of the Regiments of Devonshire and Dorset. The 11th Regiment of Foot The 39th Regiment of Foot The 54th Regiment of Foot The Devonshire Regiment The Dorsetshire Regiment...

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Location and Parking: ...Location & Parking The Keep Military Museum is located on the junction of Bridport Road and Barrack Road, Dorchester. This is slightly to the west of Dorchester, near the Top O'Town roundabout. We have a very small car park, the entranc...

Access Statement: ...Access Statement Location The Keep Military Museum is situated on Barrack Road, Dorchester (B3150). Our postcode is DT1 1RN for those setting Sat Navs. The Museum is 10 minutes walk from Dorchester West Railway Station (Bristol line) and 20 min...

Children's Activities: ...Children's Activities At The Keep we are gradually extending our activities for the younger members of the family. We have a new photographic picture trail aimed at primary school age children - spot all the images in the photographs as you...

Management and Staffing at The Keep Military Museum: ...Management and Staffing at The Keep Military Museum The Keep Military Museum is run by a Committee of Trustees.  The everyday management of the Museum is overseen by the Keep Executive Group and a small team of staff.  The Museum also re...

Complimentary Tickets: ...Complimentary Tickets We can supply a complimentary family ticket to charities in Devon and Dorset to support their fund raising activities. The Museum is a registered charity and we are unable to supply sponsorship or financial assistance. Please...

Links: ...   Places to stay near the Keep Military Museum: Haven Holiday Parks Warmwell Leisure Resort Other local museums: Dorset Museums Dorset County Museum Royal Signals Museum, Blandford The Nothe Fort, Weymouth   The Tank ...

Battle Honours: ...Battle Honours The Devonshire & Dorset Regiment The practice of awarding battle honours began in the Eighteenth Century, with just a few being awarded retrospectively  - but not including those fought in the British Isles such as the B...

Cap Badges: ...Cap Badges Find out more about the history and signficance of the cap badges of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, the Devonshire Regiment, the Dorsetshire Regiment, the Queen's own Dorset Yeomanry and The Dorset Yeomanry. The Devonshire &...

Colours and Guidons: ...Colours & Guidons Colours (Infantry) and Guidons (Cavalry) have their origin as markers or flags around which bodies of troops rallied. At the beginning they often bore the badge of their commander on a flag or colour made of the regiment'...

The Dorsetshire Regiment Cap Badge: ... The Dorsetshire Regiment Cap Badge The Dorsetshire /Dorset Regiment Cap badge consisted of the following constituent parts: Castle and Key; Sphinx and Marabout; Primus in Indis; Waterloo Wreath; Regimental name. In 1881 the 39th Regim...

The Keep: ...The Keep Introduction Today the Keep Military Museum is a striking landmark in the heart of Dorchester. Completed in 1879, it was designed to resemble a Norman Castle, and is built of Portland stone which gives it a white appearance. In 'Br...

Research Guidelines: ...Research Guidelines We cover the following Regiments only: 11th  (North Devon) Regiment of Foot (1685 - 1881) 39th Regiment of Foot (1702 - 1881) 54th Regiment of Foot (1755 - 1881) The Devonshire Regiment (18...

Resources Held at the Museum: ...Resources Held at the Museum Many records are held at the National Archives which is the official national repository for military records  - please refer to their website for details. Our own archive has been built up over the years tha...

Resources Held Elsewhere: ...Resources Held Elsewhere The National Archives is the  official national repository for all surviving British Military Records. These records include Muster and Pay Records, Discharge Records, Pre-1914 Service Records, Indexes to th...

Army Numbers: ...Background Information This is a very rough guide and only covers batches of numbers that we know were allocated to particular Battalions at particular times. Many men were allocated numbers which do not fall into any of the number batches describ...

Keep Friends: ...Keep Friends 'Keep Friends' was established in 2002 to provide practical and financial assistance to the Keep Military Musuem. The Friends have contributed over £58,000 in the past thirteen years enabling the Museum to flourish, cont...

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Volunteer At The Keep: ...Volunteer At The Keep Volunteers at the Keep Military Museum give hundreds of hours of invaluable help to the Museum every year. There are quite a few roles from research to conservation work. Some of the Museum's collections are managed ...

The Roman Army Workshop: ...The Roman Army The Roman Army was the world’s first recognisably modern army. It enabled the tiny Roman state to conquer an empire that extended from Britain to North Africa. Roman soldiers not only garrisoned the empire but built roads, bri...

Pre- First World War History Workshops for Schools: ...We offer the following history workshops for schools covering the years before the First World War . Please contact the Curator, Chris Copson, for more information. The Development of Warfare, 1790 to the Present. Explore the effect that techno...

First World War History Workshops for Schools: ...We offer the following history workshops for schools covering the First World War.  Please contact the Curator, Chris Copson, for more information. First World War– Trench Warfare. What was it like to be a British soldier in the tren...

Second World War History Workshops for Schools: ...We offer the following history workshops for schools covering the Second World War . Please contact the Curator, Chris Copson, for more information. World War II – the Home Front. Look at the role played by the County of Dorset during Wor...

Literacy Workshops for Schools: ...We offer the following literacy workshops for schools covering the First World War.  Please contact the Curator, Chris Copson, for more information. Literacy, Key Stage 2 - 3. War Horse and Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo. A w...

The Keep Today: ...The Keep Today Outside There is a monogram carved on the front of the first floor balcony, above the entrance. This was designed and made by Mr Ben Grassby, founder of Dorchester stonemasons Grassby and Sons. The entrance to the Keep was onc...

The Depot Barracks: ...The Depot Barracks Background History The Cardwell Reforms took place between 1869 and 1881. They resulted in the old numbered, marching Regiments of Foot becoming County Regiments with a permanent base. Up until this time Britain had kept a re...

The Militia Barracks: ...The Militia Barracks At the far end of the old parade ground (now a car park) stands a building consisting of a central square tower with wings to the left and right. Today it is known as the 'Little Keep.' The 'Little Keep' is now...

Life in The Barracks: ...Life in The Barracks  - Bob Manning's Memoirs Local resident Bob Manning grew up in the Depot Barracks between 1925-1935. He remembers that much of the area of the barracks was 'out of bounds' to the children. They were not all...

A biography of Major General Thomas Fraser Dixon, 39th Regiment of Foot, 1832 - 1918: ...Thomas Fraser Dixon, Major General (1832 - 1918) by Henry Biddles Please note that this article is copyright to Mr Henry Biddles, not the Keep Military Museum, and is published with his permission. Mr Biddles is not connected to the Museum. ...

Brevet Colonel Percy Reginald Worrall, CBE, DSO, Devonshire Regiment: ...Brevet Colonel Percy Reginald Worrall, CBE, DSO, Devonshire Regiment Brevet Colonel Percy Reginal Worrall served in the 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War 1. Percy Worrall was born in May 1880, the third of seven sons born to Wi...

Captain Claude Alexander Lafone DSO, Devonshire Regiment: ...Captain Claude Alexander Lafone DSO, Devonshire Regiment Born at Hanworth, Middlesex, on 24 February 1877, Claude Lafone was the eldest son of Alfred William Lafone and his wife Harriet.  He was baptised in the parish church at Hanworth on 31...

Captain Duncan Lenox Martin 9th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment: ...Captain Duncan Lenox Martin 9th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment Born in Algiers in 1886, Duncan Martin was the son of Thomas and Anne Martin of Hailsham in East Sussex.  Thomas was an ostrich farmer in Cape Colony.   After school ...

Captain George Cartwright - 39th Regiment of Foot: ...Captain George Cartwright George Cartwright attended the Royal Academy, Woolwich before joining the 39th Regiment of Foot  (Dorsets) as an Ensign on 19th June 1755, and was promoted to Captain on 21st May 1762, before retiring on half pay in ...

Captain Sir Harold Roper CBE MC, 8th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment: ...Captain Sir Harold Roper CBE MC, 8th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment Born in Exeter on 2 September 1891[1], Sir Harold was the second son of a surgeon, Arthur Charles Roper, and his wife Mary Dorothy.  He had an older brother, Eric, and a ...

Colonel Marmaduke George Nixon, 39th Regiment of Foot 1814 - 1864: ...Colonel Marmaduke George Nixon, 1814 - 1864, 39th Regiment of Foot A New Zealand Connection Colonel Marmaduke Nixon commanded the Colonial Volunteer Forces in the Waikato War during which he was killed near Te Awamutu in 1864. A tall monument t...

Colour Sergeant Thomas Knightley: ...4150 Colour Sergeant Thomas Knightley “Unique in Power of Expression” Thomas Knightley served in the Dorsetshire Regiment from 1894-1912. He also saw service in the Northamptonshire Regiment and possibly in the Devonshire and Worceste...

From Dorset Yeoman to Distinguished Airman - The Story of Wing Commander Louis Strange: ...From Dorset Yeoman to Distinguished Airman - The Story of Wing Commander Louis Strange, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., D.F.C. by Jeremy Archer It was late afternoon at Merville in Northern France on 21 May 1940. The Durham Light Infantry lookout scuttle...

General William Munro C.B 39th Regiment of Foot - Soldier and Plantsman: ...General William Munro, C.B., 39th Regiment - Soldier and Plantsman by Jeremy Archer In 1989, as its contribution to Museums Year, which focused on heightening 'public awareness of the important part which museums play in the cultural life o...

John Donahoe - The Wild Colonial Boy: ...The Wild Colonial Boy John Donahoe was born in Ireland in 1804 and transported to Australia for life in 1824 for 'intent to commit a felony'. He was soon in trouble and absconded into the bush with two other bushrangers. They began robbing...

Lance Corporal George Onions VC: ...Lance Corporal George Onions By late summer 1918, 1st Devons were serving with the 5th Division on the Somme to the south of Achiet-le-Petit. The British Army was now advancing again, following the series of withdrawals during the spring and early...

Lieutenant Colonel H Jones VC OBE: ...Lieutenant Colonel H Jones, VC OBE On passing out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1960, H Jones, as he was known to all, was commission into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, with whom he served until the end of the seventies. His s...

Lieutenant Harold Leslie Rayner , 9th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment: ...  Lieutenant Harold Leslie Rayner , 9th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment Harold Rayner was born in Hampstead on 19 January 1890.  He was the second son of Edward and Louisa Rayner of 7 South Hill Park.  The couple had married at...

Lieutenant James Masterson VC: ...Lieutenant Masterson James Edward Ignatius Masterson is thought to have been born in Ireland on 20th June 1862. He was a 37 years old Lieutenant serving with the 1st Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, during the Boer War 1999-1902 in South Africa...

One Family's Sacrifice - The Story of the Seven Sons of Canon and Mrs William Shuckforth Grigson: ...One Family's Sacrifice - The Story of the Seven Sons of Canon and Mrs William Shuckforth Grigson by Jeremy Archer After a certain amount of lobbying the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa - Albert, Francis, George, Joseph and Madiso...

Private Cornelius Kerley, 54th and 87th Regiments - A Soldier of Dorset: ...Private Cornelius Kerley, 54th and 87th Regiments of Foot - A Soldier of Dorset by Jeremy Archer The village of Pentridge, whose name comes from the Celtic and means 'hill of the wild boar', lies in an isolated spot on Cranborne Chase i...

Private Samuel Vickery VC 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment: ...Private Samuel Vickery Samuel Vickery was born on 6 February 1873 at Wambrook on the borders of Dorset, later moving to Dorchester. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 20 and completed his military training at the Dorset Regiment's Depot in ...

Private Theodore Veale VC: ...Private Theodore Veale On 20 July 1916, at the height of the Battle of the Somme, it was planned that 8th Devons were to repeat their success of the 14th July, when they successfully took the German Second Position at Bazentin Wood by surprise, wi...

Quartermaster Sergeant William Viney, 11th Regiment of Foot: ...Quartermaster Sergeant William Viney, 11th Regiment of Foot By Sir David Pepper KCMG My great-great-great-great-grandfather William Viney was born in Tiverton in Devon on 31 Jan 1778. His parents were Henry Viney and Hannah Perkins; they also...

Regimental Sergeant Major Frank Herbert Radford DCM, Devonshire Regiment: ...Regimental Sergeant Major Frank Herbert Radford DCM, Devonshire Regiment Frank Radford was born in Exeter, the son of an Irishman, John Radford, and his wife, Harriett.  His birth was registered in the first quarter of 1889.  By the time...

Regimental Sergeant Major Jack Horton (5723680), Dorsetshire Regiment: ...Regimental Sergeant Major Jack Horton (5723680), Dorsetshire Regiment Jack Horton enlisted in the Dorset Regiment in January 1931.  By 18 February 1933 he was pictured as a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion in a group at the opening of Dorchester...

Sergeant George Barfoot DCM , The Dorsetshire Regiment: ...Sergeant George Barfoot DCM , The Dorsetshire Regiment George Barfoot was born in 1881, the sixth of seven children born to Joseph Barfoot, an inspector of roads, and his Belgian wife Philomena.  The family lived at 125a Lupus Street, Pimlico...

The Newport Family in the 39th Regiment of Foot: ...One Family, One Regiment and Several Campaigns 1805-1862 - The Newport Family in the 39th Regiment of Foot by Jeremy Archer Introduction The lives of ordinary people frequently become entangled with the great issues of the day, as happened t...

Book Review They Couldn't Have Done Better: ... BOOK REVIEW They couldn’t have done better - The Story of the Dorset Regiment in War and Peace 1939-67 by Christopher Jary Never has it been more important that the histories of our original regiments be readily available for thei...

Dr Puddicombe of Silverton and Private J Heal: ...The meeting of Doctor Puddicombe of Silverton and Private James Heal in 1915. Edward Leonard Puddicombe was born in 1866, the son of Dr. Edward Morgan Puddiford from Dartmouth, living in Tiverton Road, Silverton. After studying at Blundells he fol...

Feudal System: ...Feudal System A force existed alongside the feudal levees, which was more akin to the militia, insomuch that it was not bound to serve out of England, called the posse comitatus. This consisted of all free men between fifteen and sixty, and though...

Great War Pilgrimage to Honour the Fallen – Hill 60: ...Great War Pilgrimage to Honour the Fallen – Hill 60 Private Alexander William (Will) Sanders) of the  1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment, who came from Shipton Gorge near Bridport, was one who lost his life on the Western Front at t...

Shot at Dawn: ...Shot At Dawn When the men enlisted in 1914 they knew that they may face execution for a number of offences including, mutiny, cowardice, self-inflicted wounds and desertion, striking an officer, sleeping while on duty and helping the enemy. It was...

The Battle of Bois des Buttes - Battlefield Tour: ...The Battle of Bois des Buttes - Battlefield Tour The 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment fought at the Battle of Bois des Buttes on 27th May 1918, for which they were awarded the French Croix de Guerre. It is possible to make personal visits to ...

The British Red Cross Society Medal for War Service: ...British Red Cross Society Medal For War Service This medal was instituted in 1920, and granted to all members of the British Red Cross Society, including Voluntary Aid. Detachments (VAD's) who had performed one year or one thousand hours...

The Day the Exeter Territorials Went To War: ...The Day the Exeter Territorials Went To War On October 9, 1914 the troopships Nevasa and Galeka slipped from their berths at Southampton Docks carrying about 2,500 officers and men from three of the four Territorial Battalions of the Devonshire Re...

The George Cross: ...The George Cross Awards of the 'Medal of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire Medal for Gallantry ' (EGM) was made to four members of the 2nd Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment during the 1921 Malabar Campaign. The awar...

The Narracotts of Devon: ...The Narracotts of Devon Narracott is an unusual name – even in Devon, where it springs from. It will ring a bell with some of us because it is the name of the central human character in the book, play and film War Horse, originally written b...

The Rattle of Drake’s Drum: ...The Rattle of Drake’s Drum  The public perception of a drummer is of a rascal of a lad, probably an orphan, who had run away from home for the excitement of battle, dodging in and around the combatants or manning the barricades. Until w...

The Silver War Badge: ...Silver War Badge The Silver War Badge was instituted with effect from 12th September 1916. Round the edge it is inscribed 'For King and Empire...Services Rendered'. The badge, mounted as a brooch, was awarded to soldiers who sustained a...

The Victoria Cross: ...The Victoria Cross In the middle of the nineteenth century, it was considered that it was officers' leadership that produced results in battle, consequently, only they were awarded medals for bravery. The Crimea War (1853-1856), fought against...

The Widow's Penny: ...Widow's Penny The Memorial Plaque In 1919 the Government decided that a Memorial Plaque and Scroll should be given to the next of kin, in respect of all those who died in the war. This became known as 'The Widow's Penny'. The...

Roll of Honour: ...The Battle of the Somme The Keep Military Museum is remembering and commemorating the 503 men of the Dorset and Devonshire Regiments who lost their lives on the first 5 days of the Somme, July 1916 with a Roll of Honour in their memory. On ...

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Wooden Spoons: ...Photo credit Andrew Menzies Our Mystery Object this week was a pair of wooden spoons – joined by a chain which was carved from a single piece of wood! This object was produced by a Boer prisoner whilst being held by the 2nd Battalion Dorsets...

Copyright Assertion: ...Copyright Assertion  The text, images, photographs, graphics, copy, forms, literary works, signed recordings and typographical arrangements in this website are copyright works protected by copyright law.   The cap badges, military ...

Terms and Conditions: ... Terms & Conditions Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern...

Privacy Policy: ... Privacy Policy We will treat all your Personal Information as confidential (although we reserve the right to disclose this information in the circumstances set out below). We will keep it on a secure server and we will fully compl...

Articles: ...Articles We have a number of articles submitted by our volunteers that give background to different aspects of the Regiments of Devon and Dorset. Dr Puddicombe of Silverton and Private J Heal The Day the Exeter Territorials Went To War Th...

Biographies and Citations: ...Biographies and Citations This section contains biographies of members of our Regiments, kindly donated by their families or researched by Museum staff and volunteers. The Citations are an official account of the circumstances in which a Gallantry...

The Somme: ...  The Dorsets on the Somme The area is chalk downland, rather like Cranbourne Chase. Watered by the River Somme and its tributary, the Ancre, visitors remark on the beauty of this bucolic piece of French countryside. Yet a century ago, thi...

Private Veale VC: ...Private Theodore William Henry Veale  VC 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Born in Dartmouth to a builder and a professional concert pianist, ‘Thommy’ Veale was the first in the town to volunteer for the army on the outbreak of ...

Fascinating Stories: ...Behind the doors of the Keep Military Museum’s Store Room and Archive. Each object at the Keep has its own story, we are lucky to have a large amount of our collection on display but what about the photographs, papers and objects that ar...

Mystery Object Monday: ...Every Monday we post a mystery object on our Facebook and Twitter, then on Fridays we reveal the history of the item! Head over to our Facebook and Twitter to join in! Or have a look through our previous mystery objects by following the links on t...

ARP World War 2 Gas Rattle: ...Gas Rattles were used in both World Wars to warn of gas attack, this is a WW2 ARP example from the Keep Military Museum collection. The original design dates to the 18th Century when it was used as a bird scarer. Following WW2 large numbers of Gas Ra...

Utility Kit: ...This week our mystery object was a utility kit made from a Mauser Rifle ammunition clip with five rounds of 7.92 ammunition which has been converted into various tools! You can see this item on display in our First Floor Boer War exhibition.&...

Very Light Cartridges: ... Photo credit Andrew Menzies The Mystery Objects this week were four Very Light cartridges, two of the cartridges are marked with the inscription ‘This Very Light cartridge was fired at 234th Infantry Brigade Headquarters on receipt of ne...

The Clock From The Cloth Hall: ... The mystery object this week was a 30” black, metal Roman Numeral taken from the Cloth Hall clock, Ypres, Belgium. This was picked up by Major R Ewart Cree, Royal Army Medical Corps in 1917. One of the largest commercial buildings of the...

The 117 Year Old Cake!: ...The Keep Military Museum is full of interesting and sometimes surprising items. This week our Mystery Object was difficult to guess and is a part of the collection that is often missed. Hidden among the Museum’s Boer War display, if you look cl...

The Bagh Naka 'Tiger's Claw': ... The mystery object this week was the Bagh Naka, Hindi for “Tiger’s claw” which is an ancient Indian weapon. Poisoned Bagh Naka were used by the Rajput clans for assassination and later became associated with the Thugs, semi...

Carrier Pigeon Message Capsule: ...World War One – Carrier Pigeon Message Capsules Today communication is easier than ever, you can talk to someone on the other side of the world or in the room next to you at the click of a button and your options are limitless; from emails t...

World War 2 Dorset Bomb Map: ...In November 2016, news of evacuations in Portsmouth were reported due to a World War 2 bomb which was found in the water.  There was also an incident in Corfe Mullen when a World War 2 bomb was discovered by a worker at Henbury Quarry and i...

The Deserter's Stamp: ...The Deserter’s stamp was introduced in the early 19th Century as a more humane method of tattooing deserters from the Army. Such marking was abolished in 1871. In military terminology, desertion is the abandonment of a ...

Powder Flask: ... This week’s mystery object is a powder flask! A container used to store and measure gunpowder, it was an essential part of shooting equipment before mass-made paper cartridges. A metal violin shaped powder flask c. 19th century, wit...

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Colonel Christopher Pepys D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C.: ...Colonel Christopher Pepys D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C. Christopher Pepys was the third of the four sons born to Captain Arthur Pepys (King's Royal Rifle Corps) and his wife Margaret (nee Lomax) following their marriage at St Luke's church, Cheetam...

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The Extraordinary Story of Violet Norah Cross: ... Violet Norah Cross was born in Sturminster Marshall in 1891. Her father was the Rector there for more than 50 years and she grew up in the large Rectory with her parents and four sisters. She trained as a nurse. In 1916, at the time of the...

What's Love Got To Do With It?: ... War often conjures images of battle, bloodshed and bodies. Quick to disregard the complex intricacies of war, we too often revisit history numerically: what date did the battle begin? How many soldiers fought? How many died? Statistics are impres...

Job Vacancies: ...Position: Deputy Curator Organisation: The Keep Military Museum Location:UK, England, Dorchester Job Type: Full Time Contract Type: Permanent Salary: £18,000 - £20,000 Closing Date: Thursday 8 March, 2018 The Keep Military Muse...

Visit Us: ...Visitor Information The Keep Military Museum is located in the heart of Dorchester, Dorset – just look for the castle! We are a family friendly museum and we attract all ages, click here to see out TripAdvisor reviews. We aim to educa...

History: ...The history section covers the history of our Regiments from 1685 - 2007.  This section is a work in progress with information being added on a regular basis. We hope to include general history and articles, battles, campaigns, campaigns, b...

Contact Us: ...Contact Details Important - please refer to our research pages before sending research enquiries as we do charge a fee to answer queries and we do not hold service records.  Many of the enquiries we receive can be answered by reading the...

Support Us: ...Get Involved You can become involved with the Keep in two ways. You can join Keep Friends for a small annual membership fee. This will give you lots of benefits and help us with a regular annual income stream. If you can Gift Aid your membershi...

Schools: ... Workshops for Schools The Keep is pleased to announce the launch of a new Education Service, designed to support learning from KS 2 – “A” Level. Workshops are available either as museum visits or outreach in your scho...

Research: ...*** Due to staff shortage, over the next two months, the research enquiry inbox will be checked once a week. Please allow 2 weeks for an initial response. Thank you for your patience. ***   IMPORTANT – We do not hold any personn...

Blog: ...The Keep Military Museum houses thousands of original exhibits of military history which tell the stories of extreme bravery and everyday life relating to the regiments of Devonshire and Dorset. The collections are displays over four 4 floors and cov...

Events: ...Band Concert Saturday 14th July. Afternoon Band Concert with The Wessex Military Band at Wool RBL in aid of The Keep Military Museum. Enquiries to Nick Speakman @ nick.speakman@outlook.com     ...

Dorset at War: ...Dorset at War We are delighted to announce the opening of a new gallery portraying the military history of Dorchester and the County of Dorset through history. Concentrating on the human dimension, the gallery will tell a number of personal st...

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Matching History: Regiments: 23 Matches

The Devonshire Regiment In the First World War: ...In August 1914, on the outbreak of the First World War, the Devonshire Regiment had two Regular battalions, one Special Reserve battalion and three battalions of Territorials (part-time volunteers).  During the war they expanded and incorporated...

The Devonshire Regiment in the Second World War: ... In September 1939, on the outbreak of the Second World War, the Devonshire Regiment had two Regular battalions and six battalions of Territorials (part-time volunteers), three of which were new and in the process of forming.   Two o...

The Dorsetshire Regiment in the Second World War: ...In September 1939, on the outbreak of the Second World War, the Dorset Regiment had two Regular battalions and two battalions of Territorials (part-time volunteers), one of which was new and in the process of forming.   These – the 1s...

The Dorsetshire Regiment in the First World War: ...In August 1914, on the outbreak of the First World War, the Dorsetshire Regiment had two Regular battalions, one Special Reserve battalion and one battalion of Territorials (part-time volunteers).  During the war they expanded to form nine batta...

The Devonshire Regiment in the Boer War: ... Both the 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment and the 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regimen were involved in the the 2nd Boer War....

The 24th (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance: ...The Keep Museum, Dorchester, holds, immaculately transcribed in blue-black ink and carefully preserved by the author in a five-ringed binder file covered in dark green buckram, a unique manuscript telling the story of the First World War in France an...

39th Regiment of Foot - Early days of the Regiment: ...Raising of the 39th Regiment of Foot Only twelve years after what became the War of the Spanish Succession, the Dorsets, or Colonel Coote's Regiment, was raised by a Royal Warrant dated 12 February in Ireland in 1702. The Regiment, eventu...

11th Regiment of Foot - Early days of the Regiment: ...11th Regiment of Foot - Early days of the Regiment The Regular Army dates back to the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 when Charles II raised regiments of Guards. However, it was the protestant Duke of Monmouth's landing at Lyme Regis in Ju...

54th Regiment of Foot - Early days of the Regiment: ...The 54th Regiment of Foot In early 1755, during the period of tension prior to the outbreak of Seven Years War,  a further expansion of the Army brought the 54th of Foot into existence. It was raised at Salisbury, in Wiltshire by Lieutenant C...

The Militia: ... Service in the Militia By the Sixteenth Century the Duke of Bedford was appointed as 'their Highnesse lieutenant of the counties of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, and their cittie of Exeter, 17 March, 4 and 5 of their Majesties' reign. He wa...

Hanmer's 11th Devonshire Regiment: ...Hanmer's (11th/Devonshire) Regiment Remaining in Ireland until 1703, the Devonshires then joined John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough's, army in Holland, where they assisted to capture the fortress of Huy and the city of Limburg, then h...

Duke of Beaufort's Musketeers: ...The Duke of Beaufort's Musketeers The Beaufort Musketeers were one of twelve infantry regiments formed at the same time and for the same reason. An entry in the city's calendars shows that the Beaufort Musketeers were 'recruiting by be...

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The 11th Regiment of Foot - Empire and New Worlds: ...This section of the website is still under construction  ...

The 39th Regiment of Foot and 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment Empire and New Worlds: ...This section of the website is still under contruction but read the stories of some of the men who served in the 39th Regiment of Foot and the 1st Battalion the Dorset Regiment 1815-1899. Major General Thomas Dixon who served in the 39th Regiment ...

The 54th Regiment of Foot - Empire and New Worlds: ...This section of the website is still under construction...

The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry – The Beginning: ...   The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry – The Beginning 1792 The Revolution in France having given rise to principles subversive to all order and Good Government, and clubs and societies being formed in London and provinci...

The Collingwood Battalion, Royal Naval Division: ...The Collingwood Battalion - Royal Naval Division How did the name come about? When at the beginning of WW1 the Royal Naval Division was formed it was decided to name the Battalions after Admirals or Ships, hence Collingwood was named after Lord...

The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry in the First World War: ...The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry - 1914 The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry was formed on 9th May 1794 as the   Dorsetshire Regiment of Volunteer Yeomanry Cavalry. It was a territorial unit, which being home-based had as its primary...

11th Regiment of Foot in The Napoleonic Wars - The Early Years: ...THE 11th REGIMENT IN THE NAPOLEONIC WAR by SIR DAVID PEPPER KCMG The history of the 11th Regiment of Foot in the Napoleonic War falls into two strikingly different parts: the first a period mostly spent on the sidelines, and the second a sequence ...

11th Regiment of Foot in The Napoleonic War - The Peninsular Wars: ...11th Regiment of Foot in The Napoleonic Wars  by Sir David Pepper KCMG   The Peninsular Campaign In June 1809 the order came for the 1st Battalion to embark for Portugal to join the army there under Lt Gen Sir Arthur Wellesley, as ...

11th Regiment of Foot in The Napoleonic Wars - The 2nd Battalion: ...The 11th Regiment of Foot in the Napoleonic War - the 2nd Battalion by Sir David Pepper KCMG The 2nd Battalion Permission to form the 2nd Battalion was given in July 1808.  It was initially formed in Dublin, and in consequence its men were...

Devonshire and Dorset Regiment: ... Here we celebrate the forty eight year existence of a regiment that was held in the highest esteem, within both the military and the Counties of Devon and Dorset....

Matching History: Battalions: 38 Matches

The 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...On 21st August 1914 the 1st Devons left Jersey, where they had been stationed since 1911, and landed at Le Havre, where they were reinforced by nearly 500 reservists from Exeter. In September, during their first spell in the line, they suffered 10...

The 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...August 1914 found the 2nd Devons in Egypt, where their first task was to protect the Suez Canal.  Arriving at Southampton in October, they absorbed drafts of reservists before landing in France on 6th November. By mid-November they were at Me...

The 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... The 3rd Devons were part of the Special Reserve.  Once known as the Militia, the Special Reserve  consisted of civilians with military training who undertook to attend regular training events with the army and to rejoin it if mobilised f...

The 1/4th and 2/4th (Territorial Force) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... In 1908, when the Volunteers became part of the newly formed Territorial Army, two longstanding Devon volunteer units merged to form the 4th (Territorial Force) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.  Based on Exeter, the 4th recruited...

The 1/5th and 2/5th (Territorial Force) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... In 1908, when the Volunteers became part of the newly formed Territorial Army, two longstanding Devon volunteer units merged to form the 5th (Territorial Force) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.  Based on Plymouth, the 5th recruit...

The 1/6th and 2/6th (Territorial Force) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... Like the 4th and 5th Devons, the 6th were formed from Volunteer units when the Territorial Army was created in 1908.  Based on Barnstaple, the 6th Devons recruited men from the north of the county.  With the 4th and 5th Battalions, the...

The 1/7th and 2/7th (Cyclist) Battalions (Territorial Force) The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...   The 7th Devons were created in 1908 with the new Territorial Army.   The army had employed bicycles since the 1880s and many cyclist companies and sections had been formed.  After 1908 the 7th Battalion were conve...

The 8th and 9th (Service) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...   The 8th Devons were the first service battalion formed by the Regiment in the First World War.  Raised in August 1914 from a nucleus of officers and NCOs from the 1st Battalion, they quickly spawned a second battalion – t...

The 10th (Service) Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... Formed soon after the 8th and 9th Battalions in September 1914, the 10th were sent to France a year later but, instead of going into the trenches, were suddenly diverted via Marseilles to Salonika.  Their move had been precipitated in mid-O...

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 st...

The 12th (Labour), 13th (Works) and 14th (Labour) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... Raised in the summer of 1916, these labour and works battalions were allotted to the Devonshire Regiment with whom they had only the most tenuous connection – one or two invalided Devon officers served with them.  Men in these battalion...

The 15th (Territorial Force ) Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... Formed in February 1915, this Battalion was originally called the Devon and Cornwall Brigade Provisional Battalion.  A home service Territorial battalion, it remained in England throughout the war and supplied troops to battalions in operatio...

The 16th (Devonshire Yeomanry) Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...  The 16th Battalion was formed in Egypt on 21st December 1916 by the amalgamation of two yeomanry regiments, the Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry and the Royal North Devon Hussars.  Both had mobilised in August 1914 and had landed, as part of 2n...

The 51st (Young Soldiers), 52nd (Graduated) and 53rd (Young Soldiers) Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...     Formed in late 1917 and early 1918, these battalions concentrated on training young recruits and preparing them for active service.  They remained in England throughout the war, supplying many reinforcements to France &n...

The 1st Garrison Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ... Formed in August 1915, the Garrison Battalion consisted of men who, although unfit for battle, were capable of discharging garrison duties.  They served in Egypt and Palestine from October 1915 and were the last Devons to leave that theatre o...

The North Russia Company The Devonshire Regiment in World War One: ...   In May 1919 the Devonshire Regiment supplied a rifle company of volunteers to join the 1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry to reinforce the Allied Expeditionary Force despatched to North Russia in 1918.  The original...

The 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War Two: ... The outbreak of war in September 1939 found the 1st Devons at Rawalpindi in India, training to become a machine gun battalion.  In April 1940 they moved to Abbotabad to train in mountain warfare before in September being posted to the...

The 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in World War Two: ... The 2nd Devons were garrisoning Malta when the Second World War began on 3rd September 1939.  In June 1940 Mussolini’s declaration of war hurled Malta to the forefront of world events.  The island’s position below Sic...

The 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 30th Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War Two: ... September 1939 found the 4th Devons at Exeter.  For the first few months of the war they were employed on coastal defence duties on the south-east coast but, in May 1940, they were sent to join the garrison at Gibraltar.  In ...

The 5th and 7th Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War Two: ... When the Territorial Army expanded in the summer of 1939, the 5th Battalion (based around Plymouth) spawned a new battalion, the 7th.  Initially each became machine gun battalion in the 43rd Wessex and 45th Wessex Divisions respective...

The 12th and 50th Battalions The Devonshire Regiment in World War Two: ... Originally known as the 50th Devons, the 12th were formed in mid-1940 from the amalgamation of the 12th Holding Battalion and men from the Regimental Depot.  The new unit’s first job was to provide extra training for new recruit...

The 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War Two: ... The outbreak of war found the Dorsets garrisoning Malta, a sleepy colonial backwater in the Central Mediterranean.  In June 1940 Mussolini’s declaration of war hurled Malta to the forefront of world events.  The island&rsqu...

The 2nd Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War Two: ... At Aldershot on the outbreak of war, the 2nd Dorsets were the first of the Regiment to go to war.  Sent to France with the 2nd Division, they spent the phoney war training on the Belgian border and moved into Belgium when the Germans ...

The 4th and 5th Battalions The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War Two: ... In 1939 the expansion of Britain’s Territorial Army caused the Dorsets’ TA battalion, the 4th, to form a sister battalion, the 5th.  Brigaded together in 43rd Wessex Division, the two battalions were inseparable throughout th...

The 6th (Home Defence), 9th, 30th and 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalions The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War Two: ... From 1936 National Defence Companies formed throughout the UK.  Often based close to Territorial Army units, they attracted volunteers who (like members of the Home Guard) were really past the age for military service.  In 1939 t...

The 7th and 8th Battalions The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War Two: ... In 1940 two new battalions –the 7th and 8th – were formed but within a year both converted to become light anti-aircraft regiments of the Royal Artillery.  The 7th became the 110th Light Anti Aircraft (LAA)  R...

The 1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ... Mobilised in Belfast at the outbreak of war, the 1st Dorsets landed at Le Havre on 16 August as part of the British Expeditionary Force.  In Belgium the Battalion saw action at Mons on 23rd August and then formed part of the rearguard in the l...

The 2nd Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ...   In August 1914 the 2nd Dorsets were in India.  Initially prepared for service in East Africa, their planned destination changed first to Europe then, at short notice, to the Gulf.  Turkey’s entering the war threatened ...

The 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ... The Special Reserve was formed from the Militia in 1907 and, in the Dorset Regiment, became the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion. The 3rd Dorsets mobilised on 5th August 1914 at the Depot in Dorchester under the command of Lieutenant-Co...

The 1/4th, the 2/4th and the 3/4th Battalions The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ... At the outbreak of war the Territorial battalion of the Dorset Regiment, the 4th, were at their annual summer camp.  Mobilised at once, the Battalion was soon divided to form the 1/4th and the 2/4th.  Men who volunteered ...

The 5th (Service) Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ... The outbreak of war created an immediate demand for reinforcements to bolster the small, heavily outnumbered British Expeditionary Force.  On 7th August 1914 (on the eve of their departure for France) the 1st Dorsets were ordered to send...

The 6th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ... The Battalion was raised on 6th September 1914 at Dorchester.  In the hectic fortnight that followed prior to the move to Wareham over 1,000 men joined.  Unlike the 5th Battalion, most of whose recruits were local to Dorset, only three hu...

The 7th (Reserve) Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in World War One: ... The 7th Dorsets came into being at Wyke Regis on 21st November 1914, but cannot be said to have properly formed as a battalion until 30th January 1915.  On 10th February Lieutenant-Colonel W.H Biddulph of the Ceylon Planters Rifle Cor...

The 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in The Boer War: ... The 1st Battalion Are Mobilised Click here to read about Lieutenant James Masterson VC, 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment in the Boer War whose heroic action won him the Victoria Cross. The 1st Battalion were stationed in India in 1899, havin...

The 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment in the Boer War: ... The 2nd Battalion The 2nd Battalion were based in Aldershot in the summer of 1899. They received orders to stand by for field service on 22nd August 1899 but did not depart from Southampton until October 21. Tringham commented dryly that &...

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1st Composite Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment in North Russia: ... The First North Russia Relief Force A Dorset Company In North Russia 1919 In 1917 the Russian Revolution started.  The country was in turmoil with the Bolsheviks (Communists) fighting the White Russians (Non-Communists). In 1919 a com...

Matching History: Campaigns: 58 Matches

Battle of the Somme: ...1916 – The Battle of the Somme. The Battle of the Somme and especially its first day – July 1st, 1916 – has long been a byword for military incompetence and senseless slaughter. By the end of that day, the British Army had suffer...

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A Sergeant Majors War: ... Ernest Arthur Shepard, 1892 - 1917 Ernest Shephard was born in Lyme Regis, the son of the town's photographer. He served in the Dorsetshire Regiment in the World War I, and wrote some interesting and pertinent diaries which after his death...

A Waiting Game At Ladysmith: ... The 1st Devons embarked in Durban over the 5th and 6th October and journeyed to Ladysmith in cattle trucks. They were cheered along by crowds wearing Union Jacks. Once at Ladysmith they set up camp and undertook field days and drill. Everyone...

Elandslaagte: ... Elandslaagte On the 19th October the Boers cut phone lines between Dundee and Ladysmith. They captured a train carrying flour for the Dundee Garrison. Reports followed of fierce fighting and it was understood that a large force of Boers ha...

Reintfontein: ... Reitfontein Elandslaagte was the last cause for celebration for a long while. On the 24th October the Battalion were involved in the Battle of Reitfontein and "were engaged in snipe shooting for 5 hours". General Jacson refers to...

The Siege of Ladysmith - November 1899: ... The Siege - November By 1st November 1899 the Garrison was beleaguered. Units were massed in a horseshoe shape around town. The 1st Devons held the extreme south-east end. Their encampment lay on Cemetery and Helpmakaar Hills. Two companie...

Lombard's Kop: ... Lombard's Kop Two quiet days followed in Ladysmith, although it was known the Boers were drawing closer. At 3am on 30th October "the whole army" (Jacson) was ordered out to fight at 'The Battle of Farquhar's Farm&...

The Charge at Wagon Hill: ... The Charge at Wagon Hill "You must have herd that my Regiment the 1st Devons wone a great name that any man could be proud of for the Boers made an attack on ladysmith town and we had a fight for 17 hours without stopping and we wer...

The 39th Regiment of Foot in Australia 1825-1832: ...The 39th Regiment of Foot in Australia 1825-1832 The 39th Regiment of Foot were  posted to Australia in November 1825 with the unattractive job of guarding convicts sentenced to transportation to Australia.  This meant that the Regiment ...

Gallipoli: ...Gallipoli Campaign -  5th Service Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment 1915.   On 7th August 1914 orders were received by 1st Battalion, Dorchester Regiment on eve of their departure to France to dispatch 3 officers and 15 N.C.O’S to ...

The Collingwood Battalion and The Gallipoli Campaign: ...iThe New Collingwood Battalion and Gallipoli The new Battalion started training at Crystal Palace before moving to Blandford Camp in Dorset. Their time at Blandford was spent on learning trench construction and trench warfare. It turned out to be ...

Overview of the Gallipoli Campaign: ...An Overview of the Gallipoli Campaign   NOTE: Although written to accompany research on the Collingwood Battalion, both the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry and the 5th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment also fought at Gallipoli Gallipol...

The Relief of Ladysmith: ... The Relief of Ladysmith On February 28th a call came out for volunteers capable of not only marching 7 miles, but fighting at the end of it. These were starving men, and the Battalion could only gather 100 men and 5 Officers deemed fit eno...

The Battle of Bois des Buttes: ... Introduction Over the last seventy three years much has been written about the battle of Bois des Buttes. It was fought by the 2nd Battalion the Devonshire Regiment on the lightly wooded slopes a low sand store hill during the morning of 27 Ma...

The Battle of the Boyne: ... The Battle of the Boyne Hanmer's Regiment had been in Ireland from 1689, when it took part in the relief of the siege of Londonderry. The following year William led his army of 36,000 men south to confront James's 25,000 strong Jacobit...

The Battle of Dettingen: ...The Battle of Dettingen The battle was fought in 1743 by the  11th Regiment of Foot. The Regiment was serving with a small British Army of 37,000 men, plus 13,000 allies, that marched from Flanders to the Rhine/Main valley near Frankfurt. Her...

The Battle of Plassey: ...The Battle of Plassey General Clive was in command of the British Force including about 300 members of the 39th Foot and he immediately took the offensive against the Surajah Dowlah, Nabob of Bengal, capturing Calcutta, Chandernagore and Cutwa. ...

The Great Siege of Gibraltar: ...The Great Siege of Gibraltar The French and Spanish not only wished to retrieve lost territory from Britain but needed to secure Gibraltar, which was a key link in Britain's control of the sea. The fortress was besieged for nearly four years b...

The Devonshire Regiment and Dorsetshire at Hill 60 – April/May 1915: ...Today Hill 60, situated three and a half miles south east of the town of Ypres is just a quiet, pock-marked piece of land with little to attract the attention of the passing traveller. But here in the spring of 1915, over a period of just 10 days, so...

The Devonshire Regiment and the Dorsetshire at Hill 60 – April/May 1915: ...Today Hill 60, situated three and a half miles south east of the town of Ypres is just a quiet, pock-marked piece of land with little to attract the attention of the passing traveller. But here in the spring of 1915, over a period of just 10 days, so...

The Somme: ...1916 – The Battle of the Somme. The Battle of the Somme and especially its first day – July 1st, 1916 – has long been a byword for military incompetence and senseless slaughter. By the end of that day, the British Army had suffer...

The Sarah Sands Saga: ...The SS Sarah Sands Saga - 11/12 November 1857 by Jeremy Archer On 29 December and 30 December 1857 The Times published articles entitled Burning of the Sarah Sands Screw Transport Steamer. The earlier article noted that the 'preservation (o...

Gallipoli: ...The 5th Battalion the Dorsetshire Regiment was the Regiment’s first “Service” Battalion, formed from the large number of patriotic volunteers who thronged to the Depot in Dorchester on the outbreak of war. After training at Belton P...

Belfast 1963-1965 (Including British Guiana 1964): ... The Belfast of the mid-1960s was a very different city from the one the British Army came to know so well during the following three decades. The population was welcoming, the atmosphere relaxed and beautiful countryside was on the doorstep to be ...

The Middle East: ... A Campaign Overview The Great War term 'Palestine', is used to describe a far-flung theatre of operations in the Middle East that were at first focussed on the vital Suez Canal, which links the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. Event...

The Western Campaign / Agagia Campaign - 1915: ...Background The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomen had been withdrawn from Gallipoli to Murdros to rest and refit, numbering just sixty-five men, under command of a Lieutenant. Here ten officers and fifty-seven men joined the Regiment but the decision h...

The Palestine Campaign 1916-1917: ... After The Charge at Agagia on the 26 February, Brigadier Luken's Desert Column, completed its mission by capturing Sollum, thus breaking the enemy's resolve in Egypt. The Regiment was next ordered back to Sidi Bishi Camp at Alexandria, a 3...

The Malabar Campaign: ... The Malabar Campaign (Moplah Rebellion) Malabar is now part of the Indian state of Kerala, on the south west coast of the Sub-Continent. Then it was a remote district in the Madras Presidency, lying between the western slopes of the Mysore Pla...

First World War - 1915 and Gallipoli: ...1915 and Gallipoli In anticipation of service abroad, for which most of the men had volunteered, the regiment was vaccinated at the beginning of February and within 14 days, an epidemic of measles had broken out. On April 6th orders were receiv...

Amalgamation 1958: ... The parade that marked the amalgamation of The Devonshire Regiment with The Dorset Regiment took place at Minden in Germany on 17 May 1958. Those taking part were drawn from the 1st Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment (1 Devon) and the 1st Battalio...

Mobilisation and the Retreat from Mons: ...1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment - Mobilisation and The Retreat from Mons   World War I started on 28 July 1914 when Austria-Hungary and Serbia went to war following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian Nationa...

First World War - 1917: ...1917 The regiment returned the Canal area and in March, moved to Palestine, where the Turks remained a threat, occupying the strategic coastal town of Gaza. It played a significant part in the first and unsuccessful attack on Gaza and was  ne...

Cyprus 1958-1961: ... On 12 November 1958, the 1st Battalion sailed from Southampton for Cyprus aboard the troop transport Dilwara. They were seen off by a large crowd of well-wishers and the Regimental Band played a medley of Regimental marches on the quayside. T...

Over by Christmas? 1st BattalionThe Dorsetshire Regiment in 1914.: ...Over by Christmas? 1st BattalionThe Dorsetshire Regiment  in 1914. Pisseloup Ridge, La Bassee, Pont Fixe, Violaines  and Ploegsteert Wood On 6 September 1914 , after the Retreat from ons, the Dorsets then started to advance northward...

1916 and the Charge of Agagia: ...By  the end of the year the Dorset Yeomen were encamped in the Western Desert, near Agagia, where the Senussi mounted a major attack, which was halted by a South African infantry unit. While the enemy main force withdrew, a rearguard group of 1,...

First World War - 1918: ...1918 Jerusalem had surrendered (9th December) and Jericho was to be captured on 21st February, enabling the British to have a footing in the Jordan Valley and Jaffa had also been secured. On 24th April the whole division marched north to Juncti...

Plymouth 1961-1963: ... The 1st Battalion sailed into Plymouth Sound on 30 August 1961 and moved into an almost-derelict Seaton Barracks and then, shortly afterwards, into Plumer Barracks. The first priority was a spell of leave since many members of the Battalion had be...

The Wider Regimental Family and TA 1958-1967: ... The amalgamation of the two regular battalions in May 1958 had been comparatively easy to achieve, driven as it was by a military imperative. Drawing together the more complex threads of the wider Regimental family proved more time-consuming and w...

BAOR - Münster and Osnabrück 1965-1969: ... The next four years of relative stability in BAOR enabled the 1st Battalion to 'mature'. At last the Battalion was given the highest priority for manpower, both the role and associated equipment of a mechanised battalion were demanding whi...

Malta GC 1970-1971 (including Belfast 1970): ... By January 1970 the 1st Battalion was settled on Malta, in a role far removed from that of their recent experiences in Germany. There was no higher formation, the Battalion had very little technical equipment to worry about and the infantrymen wer...

Gillingham 1971-1976 (including Armagh 1972, British Honduras 1972/73, West Belfast 1973/74, Kenya 1974, Cyprus 1975 and Belize 1975): ... In late 1971 the 1st Battalion returned from Malta to Gordon Barracks at Gillingham in Kent, remaining in the air-portable role as part of 2 Infantry Brigade. Once again the barracks were in poor condition but, with the 1st Battalion about to emba...

The Wider Regimental Family and TA 1967-1977: ... Between 1967 and 1977 the accelerating pace of change put considerable pressure on the backbone of the British Army: the Regimental system. Training was rationalised: Wyvern Barracks, Exeter, the home of the Wessex Brigade Depot until 1968, when i...

Osnabrück 1976-1980 (including North Belfast 1977 and Central Belfast 1979): ... In May 1976 the 1st Battalion took over Belfast Barracks in Osnabrück, less than seven years after leaving the city for Malta. The Battalion was now part of Task Force Delta, the re-named 12 Brigade, part of 2 Armoured Division. On 16 June th...

Colchester 1980-1983 (including Armagh 1981 and Kenya 1982): ... The 1st Battalion arrived at Roman Barracks, Colchester in April to join 7 Field Force, formerly 19 Infantry Brigade, and soon to be so designated once again. While in Germany the pattern of life was determined by the BAOR training cycle and the d...

The Wider Regimental Family and TA 1977-1984: ... When the 1st Battalion was based outside the UK, or on unaccompanied operational tours, it was the responsibility of the Colonel of the Regiment and his deputies, RHQ and others - serving or retired - in the two counties to help maintain the Regim...

Ballykinler 1983-1985: ... By 24 March 1983 the 1st Battalion was installed at Abercorn Barracks, Ballykinler. This was a good barracks, providing you inclined more towards nature and water-sports than night-life! Ballykinler is delightfully rural with the sands of Dundrum ...

Berlin 1985-1987: ... At the end of the Second World War Berlin was divided into four sectors - Russian, French, American and British - with the city itself marooned 100 miles within Communist East Germany. Road and rail access to Berlin from West Germany was through c...

Bulford 1987-1991 (including Falkland Islands 1987, Belize 1988, Denmark 1988, Kenya 1989, Armagh 1989 and USA 1990: ... The 1st Battalion took over Kiwi Barracks, Bulford in February 1987. Although the barrack blocks were in a poor state compared with those in Berlin, there were compensations in the excellent local training facilities and, of course, the proximity ...

The Wider Regimental Family and TA 1984-1990: ... The new Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Colin Shortis, applied his very considerable energies to building on the platform provided by his predecessors and, in the process, greatly strengthened the Regimental structure. In 1986 the Charter o...

Werl 1991-1994 (including Belfast 1993): ... The collapse of Communism and the resulting dissolution of the Warsaw Pact prompted a radical reappraisal of UK defence policy, so-called 'Options for Change'. The implications for British forces in Germany were far-reaching. Three divisio...

Paderborn 1994-1998 (including Bosnia 1995, Belize 1996 and Northern Ireland 1996/97): ... With elements of the Battalion split between Werl and Paderborn, the summer of 1994 was not the easiest period, particularly with Barker Barracks still resembling a building site. Fortunately the necessary focus was provided by ExMedicine Man 3&nb...

The Wider Regimental Family and TA 1990-1997: ... In the immediate aftermath of the 'Options for Change' review the 1st Battalion in Germany was relatively unaffected. Although major units had been disbanded and some long-standing training areas returned to local interests, the Battalion ...

Warminster 1998-2000: ... During the previous seven years the 1st Battalion had been at the cutting edge of the British Army, serving in the armoured infantry role. At Warminster the skills honed in Germany, on the prairies of Canada and in Bosnia would now be used in trai...

Hounslow 2000-2002 (including Armagh 2000/01 and Belize 2001): ...In mid-March 2000 the 1st Battalion moved some ninety miles east, to Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. Initially there were some long faces: Cavalry Barracks had been condemned, pigeons were nesting in the eaves of the Officers' Mess and there was ev...

Return to Ballykinler 2002-2004: ... Although the Battalion had returned to Ballykinler, no more than twenty of its members had experience of the tour that ended some seventeen years earlier. A great deal had changed: 'Snatch' and 'Tavern' vehicles had replaced the ol...

The Wider Regimental Family and TA 1998-2007 (including Afghanistan 2004, Iraq 2006 and Afghanistan 2006/07: ... At the beginning of 1998 Major General Bryan Dutton succeeded General Sir John Wilsey as Colonel of the Regiment. The election of a Labour Government the previous May introduced uncertainty and a Strategic Defence Review (SDR) was announced in the...

Catterick 2004-2007 (including Iraq 2006): ... This final chapter follows the fortunes of the 1st Battalion, as well as covering developments within the wider Regimental family, as the independent existence of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment drew to a close after forty-eight years of distin...