Every man named in this database originally enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment and some were still serving with the Regiment when they died. But this was the war of the specialist soldier, a war of well - trained men supported by technology and logistics who came to the front line to complete a specific part in a far larger event. So it was that men frequently moved to other regiments on attachment when their particular skill was needed.
Officially, the Devonshire Regiment went to Gibraltar and Malta in a vital defensive role, it formed the 12th Airborne Battalion to train men to jump from gliders into the centre of battle zones; its men became Paras or Commandos; it served in major battles in North Africa and Italy and went on to fight that gruelling war in the Far East including serving with the Chindits in Burma. But through the attachment system, as the war progressed, men from the Devons would have been found on any or all of the battlefronts - different caps and berets maybe - but the same fighting spirit as always.