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 battalions and a single company, which served within the 2nd Hampshire Regiment in North Russia in 1919.
Six battalions of the Dorset Regiment fought in France and Belgium, Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and North Russia. They lost more than 2,600 men killed and about three times that number wounded. Some were Regular soldiers, some Territorials. Most were volunteers and conscripts. Many came from Dorset but many did not. Between them they won fifty-eight new battle honours and 1070 gallantry awards and mentions in Despatches. All wore the Dorset Regiment badge and helped to earn Dorset’s county regiment a magnificent reputation.
A brief history of each unit can be found by clicking on its title.
Read about some of the men who served with the Dorsetshire Regiment and Dorset Yeomanry in World War 1:
Wing Commander Louis Strange D.S.O, O.B.E, M.C, D.F.C who served with the Dorset Yeomanry and The Royal Flying Corps
Sergeant George Barfoot DCM , 2nd Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment