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The Devonshire Regiment
The badge of the Devonshire Regiment
Active 1685 – 17 May 1958
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army
Type Line Infantry
Garrison/HQ Exeter
Nickname The Bloody Eleventh
Motto Semper Fidelis (Ever faithful)
Colors Lincoln green facings
March Over The Fields And Turnips
Engagements Battle of the Boyne, War of the Spanish Succession, Peninsula War, Second Boer War, Western Front (World War I), Normandy Landing

The Devonshire Regiment was, from 1685 to 1958, an infantry regiment of the British Army.


Historical outline

The regiment was formed in 1685 and served under various names until it was numbered as the 11th Regiment of Foot in 1751. It was given the additional county designation of "North Devonshire" in 1782. In 1881, under the Childers Reforms it became the Devonshire Regiment, at the same time merging with the militia and rifle volunteer units of the county of Devon.

The regiment was amalgamated with the Dorset Regiment to form The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in 1958. Since 2007 its lineage has been continued by The Rifles.

Raising and predecessor regiments

In June 1667, Henry Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, was granted a commission to raise a regiment of foot. The regiment remained in existence for only a few months, and was disbanded in the same year. In January 1673, Worcester was authorised to re-raise the regiment, and it continued in existence until 1674. In 1682 Henry Somerset was created Duke of Beaufort, and in 1685 he was again commissioned to raise a regiment, which was duly formed in Bristol on 20 June as Duke of Beaufort's Regiment of Foot.[1]


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