The Devonshire Regiment [UK]
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The
Devonshire
Regiment
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1667.06.13 The Marquess of Worcester's Regiment of Foot
1667 disbanded

1673.01.24 The Marquess of Worcester's Regiment of Foot
1674 disbanded

1685.06.20 The Duke of Beaufort's Regiment of Foot
also known until 1751 by the names of ten other colonels
1751.07.01 11th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 11th (the North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 The Devonshire Regiment
reorganised as the county regiment of Devonshire, encompassing also its Militia and Volunteer infantry [see below]
1958.05.17 amalgamated with The Dorset Regiment, to form The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
pip History of The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment (Army site)
1st/11th (North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot [in Australia] 1845-1857, by B & M Chapman.
pip The Devonshire Regiment, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War).
pip The Devonshire Regiment, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
pip The Devonshire Regiment (Fovant Badges Society)
   
RHQ and Depot:
  RHQ:
  ? Depot Battalion [1856-1871]
  34th Brigade Depot at Exeter [1873-1881]
  11th Regimental District at Exeter [1881-1921]
   
    H Group at Bulford [1946-1948]
    Wessex Brigade at Exeter [1948-1958]
     
  Regulars:
    1st Battalion [1685-1958]
    2nd Battalion [1756-1758]
    2nd Battalion [1808-1816, 1858-1948]
     
Militia and Special Reserve:
3rd Battalion (South Devonshire Regiment of Militia) [1881-1908]
3rd Battalion [1908-1953]
4th Battalion (1st or East Devon Regiment of Militia) [1881-1908]
Territorials and Volunteers:
1st (Exeter and South Devon) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
2nd (Prince of Wales's) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
3rd Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
5th (The Hay Tor) Volunteer Battalion [1881-1908]
4th Battalion [1908-1958]
5th (Prince of Wales's) Battalion [1908-1939, 1947-1950]
6th Battalion [1908-1947]
7th (Cyclist) Battalion [1909-1920]
Hostilities-Only Units (First and Second World War, including T.A. duplicates):
2/4th Battalion [1914-1918]
3/4th Battalion [1915-1919]
2/5th Battalion [1914-1916]
3/5th Battalion [1915-1916]
2/6th Battalion [1914-1919]
3/6th Battalion [1915-1916]
2/7th (Cyclist) Battalion [1914-1919]
7th (Haytor) Battalion [1939-1941]
8th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
8th Battalion [1939-1947]
9th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
9th Battalion [1939-1947]
10th (Service) Battalion [1914-1919]
10th (Home Defence) Battalion [1939-1941]
11th (Reserve) Battalion [1914-1915]
11th Battalion [1940-1943]
12th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
12th Battalion [1940-1946]
13th (Works) Battalion [1916-1917]
14th (Labour) Battalion [1916-1917]
15th Battalion [1917-1919]
16th (Royal 1st Devon and Royal North Yeomanry) Battalion [1917-1919]
30th Battalion [1941-1945]
50th (Holding) Battalion [1940-1940]
51st (Service) Battalion [1917-1920]
52nd (Service) Battalion [1917-1920]
53rd (Service) Battalion [1917-1919]
1st Garrison Battalion [1915-1919]
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Battalion [1916-1917]
Dettingen, Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Afghanistan 1879-80, Tirah, Defence of Ladysmith, Relief of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902

The Great War (25 battalions) Aisne 1914 '18, La Bassée 1914, Armentières 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Hill 60, Ypres 1915 '17, Gravenstafel, St. Julien, Frezenberg, Aubers, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Bullecourt, Pilckem, Langemarck 1917, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Rosières, Villers Bretonneux, Lys, Hazebrouck, Bois des Buttes, Marne 1918, Tardenois, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Havrincourt, Épéhy, Canal du Nord, Beaurevoir, Cambrai 1918, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914-18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917-18, Doiran 1917 '18, Macedonia 1915-18, Egypt 1916-17, Gaza, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Tel Asur, Palestine 1917-18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Mesopotamia 1916-18

The Second World War Normandy Landing, Port en Bessin, Tilly sur Seulles, Caen, St. Pierre la Vielle, Nederrijn, Roer, Rhine, Ibbenburen, North-West Europe 1944-45, Landing in Sicily, Regalbuto, Sicily 1943, Landing at Porto San Venere, Italy 1943, Malta 1940-42, Imphal, Shenam Pass, Tamu Road, Ukhrul, Myinmu Bridgehead, Kyaukse 1945, Burma 1943-45

4th, 5th, 6th Bns:  South Africa 1900-01

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Badges: construction sign
Arm badge: French Croix de Guerre on both upper arms in formal dress, commemorating 2nd Bn at Bois des Buttes (27 May 1918)
Uniform: ?-1881: scarlet; facings: Lincoln green
1881
-1905: scarlet; facings: white
1905
-1953: scarlet; facings: Lincoln green
1953-1958: blue; facings: Lincoln green; piping: Lincoln green
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1667.06.13 Edward (Somerset), 2nd Marquess of Worcester

1673.01.24 Col. Henry (Somerset), 1st Duke of Beaufort (3rd Marquess of Worcester), KG

1685.06.20 Col. Henry (Somerset), 1st Duke of Beaufort (3rd Marquess of Worcester), KG
1685.10.26 Col. Charles (Somerset), Marquess of Worcester
1687.05.08 Lt-Gen. William (Herbert), 2nd Marquess of Powis (Viscount Montgomery)
1688.12.31 Maj-Gen. Sir John Hanmer, Bt
1702.02.12 Gen. James (Stanhope), 1st Earl Stanhope
1705.05.08 Maj-Gen. John Hill
1715.07.13 Brig-Gen. Edward Montague
1738.08.09 Maj-Gen. Hon. Stephen Cornwallis
1743.05.21 Col. Robinson Sowle
1746.02.07 Brig-Gen. William Graham
1747.12.01 Lt-Gen. Maurice Bocland
1765.08.21 Gen. William a'Court Ashe
1781.08.10 Lt-Gen. Francis Smith
1791.11.09 Gen. James Grant
1806.04.20 Gen. Hon. Richard Fitzpatrick
1807.04.20 Gen. Sir Charles Asgill, Bt, GCH
1823.07.24 Gen. Sir Henry Tucker Montresor, KCB, GCH
1837.03.15 Gen. Sir Rufane Shawe Donkin, KCB, GCH
1841.05.10 Gen. Sir John Wilson, KCB
1856.06.23 Lt-Gen. William George Cochrane
1857.09.05 Lt-Gen. Sir Richard Doherty
1862.09.03 Gen. Sir John Gaspard Le Marchant, GCMG, KCB
1874.02.07 Gen. Sir Francis Seymour, Bt, GCB
1890.07.11 Gen. Sir George Harry Smith Willis, GCB
1897.03.24 Lt-Gen. Sir Edward Newdigate Newdegate, KCB
1902.08.02 Maj-Gen. Hon. Charles John Addington
1903.09.12 Maj-Gen. Hon. Sir Savage Lloyd Mostyn, KCB [also R Welch Fus]
1910.12.09 Lt-Gen. Sir George Mackworth Bullock, KCB
1921.08.15 Lt-Gen. Sir Louis Jean Bols, KCB, KCMG, DSO
1930.09.14 Maj-Gen. Sir Charles Clarkson Martin Maynard, KCB, CMG, DSO
1943.09.15 Col. Harold Street, DSO
1948.12.01 Col. Lionel Henry Mountifort Westropp [to 1958]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the Devonshire & Dorset Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
 
Motto: Semper fidelis
[adopted ca. 1881 from the motto of the city of Exeter, which had been suggested in 1588 by Queen Elizabeth]
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Anniversaries: Wagon Hill (6 Jan.), Bois des Buttes (27 May)
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swords The Devonshire and Dorset Regimental Association (Army site)
swords 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment (World War II Living History Association)
   
   
monument Military Museum of Devon and Dorset, Dorchester (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester (museum site)
monument The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester (Simonides listing)
monument The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester (WestCountry.com listing)
monument East Devonshire Regiment Crimean Memorial, Exeter Cathedral
monument Devonshire Regiment 1914-1918 Memorial, Exeter Cathedral
   
   
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