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History of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment. The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment was formed by the amalgamation of the Devonshire Regiment (11th of Foot) and the Dorset Regiment (39th and 54th of Foot) took place in 1958.


Devonshire Regiment - Dorset Regiment

The Devonshire Regiment, this Regiment had its origins in 1685 and was raised by the Duke of Beaufort as a corps of "Musketeers and Pikemen," to which was attached, later a company of grenadiers. its recruits were from devon, Somerset and Dorset; and these saw service in Ireland at Londonderry, the Boyne, Athlone, Limerick and Lanesboroough; in Flanders at Huy and Limburg; in Portugal at Portalegre; in Spain at Almanza, in the Nehterlands at malplaquet, Mons, Pont-a -Vendin, Douay, Bethune, Aire and St Venant; In America in 1711 at quebec and then at Dunkirk.

returning to England in 1714, the regiment took part in the suppression of the Jacobite rebellion and was present at Dunblane. it saw no further active service until 1742, when it took part in the fighting at Dettingen and Fontenoy, but again came home to take part in the Civil war of 1745 at Carlisle, returning to the Continent to fight at Roucoux.

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