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The table below contains some of the most common abbreviations you will find and should help you when trying to read military records, war diaries and other military related paperwork:-

 

 

A

A

Acting

Assistant

A.A.

Anti Aircraft

AAC

Army Air Corps

AA COLL

Army Apprentice College

AAHC

Army Auxiliary Horse Company

AAI

Allied Army Italy

A.A.M.C.

Australian Army Medical Corps

AARR

Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

AAS

Army Apprentices School

AATDC

Army Airborne Transport Development Centre

AATS

Anti Aircraft Training Centre

A.B.

Army Book

Airborne

ABC

Armoured Brigade Company (RASC)

ABOD

Advanced Base Ordnance Depot (India)

ABS

Army Board Secretariat

ABSD

Army Blood Supply Depot (RAMC)

AC

Army Contracts

ACC

Army Catering Corps

Armoured Car Company (RAC)

ACEP

Army Communications Equipment Production

A.C.I.

Army Council Instruction

A.C.D.

Army Chaplain's Department

ACP

Air Composite Platoon (RASC)

A. CPL. OF HORSE

Acting Corporal of Horse

A. CYC. CORPS

Army Cyclist Corps

AD

Armoured Division

Air Despatch

Assistant Directory

ADC

Aide-de-Camp

A.D.G.M.S.

Assistant Director General of Medical Services

ADMS

Assistant Director Medical Services

ADS

Army Dental Service

ADST

Assistant Director Supply and Transport

ADT

Armoured Division Troops

AE

Army Equipment

AEC

Army Education Corps

Army Educational Company

AEDN

Army Education

AER

Army Emergency Reserve

A.F.

Army Form

AFD

Airborne Forces Depot

AFPD

Army Forms and Publications Depot

AFS

Air Formation Signals

AFV

Armoured Fighting Vehicle

AFW

Army Field Workshops

AG

Adjutant General

A.G.B.

Adjutant General Base

AGDU

Army Guard Dog Unit

AGR

Army General Reserve

A.G.R.A.

Army Group Royal Artillery

A. GYM. ST.

Army Gymnastics Staff

AH

Army Health

A.H.C.

Army Hospital Corps

AIO

Area Intelligence Officer

AIRLINE COY.

Airline Company (RE Unit specialising in overhead cables)

AKC

Army Kinema Corporation

A/L

Air Landing

A L/CPL.

Acting Lance Corporal

ALFN

Allied Land Forces Norway

ALS

Army Legal Services

AMC

Army Medical Corps

Airdrome Maintenance Company (RE)

AM COL

Ammunition Column

AMCU

Anti Malarial Control Unit

A. MULE DEPOT

Army Mule Depot

A.M.C.

Army Medical Corps

A.M.P.C.

Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps

A.M.O.

Administrative Medical Officer

AMS

Army Medical Services

ANS

Auxiliary Nursing Services

A.O.C.

Army Ordnance Corps

A.O.D.

Army Ordnance Department

Advanced Ordnance Depot

AORE

Army Operational Research Establishment

AOSR

Army Operational Science and Research

A.P.C.

Army Pay Corps

A.P.D.

Army Pay Department

APL

Army Pioneers and Labour

APO

Army Post Office

A.P.S.S.

Army Printing and Stationery Services

A.P.T.C.

Army Physical Training Corps

AR

Army Recruiting

ARMD

Armoured

ARTY

Artillery

A.S.C.

Army Service Corps

Army Selection Centre

ASCB

Army Sport Control Board

ASD

Army Staff Duties

A. SGT.

Acting Sergeant

A. & S. H.

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

AS OF FH

Army School of Food Hygiene

AT

Army Training

ATC

Armoured Training Centre

Army Troops Company

A.T. COY.

Army Troops Company (RE)

ATS

Auxiliary Territorial Services

A.V.C.

Army Veterinary Corps

AVRS

Army Veterinary and Remount Services

AW

Artisan Works (RE)

A.W.O.CL.1

Acting Warrant Office Class 1

AWOL

Absent Without Leave

AWRE

Atomic Weapons Research Establishment

AYR. YEO.

Ayrshire Yeomanry

B

BANU

British Army News Unit

B.A.R.

British Army of the Rhine (post First World War)

B.A.F.S.V.

British Army Forces Special Vouchers

B.A.O.R.

British Army of the Rhine (post Second World War)

BAPO

British Army Post Office (RE)

BC

Battle Casualty

BCD

Biological and Chemical Defence

BCOF

British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan)

BD

Bomb Disposal

Base Depot

Biological Defence

BDC

Bomb Disposal Company

BDE.

Brigade

BDR.

Bombardier - Royal Artillery rank of Corporal

BDS

Bomb Disposal Section (RE)

BEDF. R.

Bedfordshire Regiment

BEDF. YEO.

Bedfordshire Yeomanry

B.E.F.

British Expeditionary Force

BETFOR

British Element Trieste Force

BFAP

British Forces Aden Protectorate

B.F.B.S.

British Forces Broadcasting Service

B.F.E.S.

British Families Education Service

B.F.N.

British Forces Network

BLA

British Liberation Army

BN.

Battalion

BDSM.

Bandsman

B/M

Bugle Major

BNAF

British North Africa Force

BOD

Base Ordnance Depot

BORD. R.

Border Regiment

BPTC

Bulk Petrol Transport Company (RASC)

B.Q.M.S.

Battery Quarter Master Sergeant

BRC

Base Reinforcement Camp

B.R.C.S.

British Red Cross Society

BRIG.

Brigadier

BRIG. GEN.

Brigadier General

BSD

Bases Supply Depot (RASC)

BSM

Battery Sergeant Major

BTA

British Troops Austria

BTTN.

Battalion

BTU

Blood Transfusion Unit (RAMC)

BTY.

Battery

BUCKS. YEO.

Buckinghamshire Yeomanry

B.W.I.R.

British West Indies Regiment

BR. W.I.R.

British West Indies Regiment

C

CA

Civil Affairs

C.A.M.C.

Canadian Army Medical Corps

CAMB. R.

Cambridgeshire Regiment

CAMN. HIGHS.

Cameron Highlanders

CAPT.

Captain

CAS

Coastal Artillery Services

CAV.

Cavalry

CAB. BDE.

Cavalry Brigade

CBO

Counter Battery Officer

CCF

Combined Cadet Force

C.C.G. (B.E.)

Control Commission Germany (British Element)

C.C.S.

Casualty Cleating Station

CE

Chief Engineer (RE)

CEPO

Civilian Establishment and Pay Office

CFA

Cavalry Field Ambulance

CFN

Craftsman (REME rank of Private)

C.F.W.W.

Council of Voluntary War Workers

CG

Chaplan General

C. GDS.

Coldstream Guards

CGS

Chief of General Staff

C.-in-C.

Commander in Chief

CHES. R.

Cheshire Regiment

CHES. YEO.

Cheshire Yeomanry

CHT.

Corps of Horse Transport

CIC

Commander in Chief

Cookery Instruction Centre

Civilian Interment Camp

CL YEO

City of London Yeomanry

C.M.A.

Corps of Military Accountants

CMF

Central Mediterranean Force

CMP

Corps of Military Police

CMS (AD)

Civilian Medical Services (Army Department)

CMT.

Mechanical Transport

C.O.

Commanding Officer

COD

Central Ordnance Depot

COL

Colonel

COY.

Company

C. OF A.S.

Corps of Army Schoolmasters

C. OF HRS.

Corps of Hussars

COL.

Colonel

C. OF LOND. YEO.

City of London Yeomanry

CO. OF LOND. YEO.

County of London Yemonary

C. OF LRS.

Corps of Lancers

COMD

Command

Commander

COMDT

Commandant

COMSEC

Command Secretary

CONN. RANG.

Connaught Rangers

Cpl.

Corporal

C.Q.M.S.

Company Quarter Master Segeant

CR

Coast Regiment (RA)

C.R.E.

Commander Royal Engineer

CRU

Civil Resettlement Unit

CSDIC

Combined Services Detail Interrogation Centre

CSDU

Central Salvage Depot Unit

CSEU

Combined Services Entertainment Unit

C. SGT.

Colour Sergeant

C.S.M.

Company Sergeant Major

CSR(A)

Chief Superintendent of Ranges (Army)

CT

Clothing and Textiles

CTBA

Ceased to be Attached

CTBE

Ceased to be Entitled

CTC

Cavalry Tank Corps

CW

Chemical Warfare

D

D&D

Devon and Dorset Regiment

D&T

Development and Training

D.A.C.

Divisional Ammunition Column

DADAW

Deputy Assistant Director Army Welfare

D.A.D.M.S.

Deputy Assistant Directory of Medical Services

DB

Depot Battalion (RE)

Depot Brigade (RA)

DC

District Commissioner

DCC

Defence Communications Centre

D.C.L.I.

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

D.C.M.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

District Court Martial

D.C.S.

District Censorship Station

D.D.M.S.

Deputy Directory of Medical Services

DE

Duration of Emergency

Directory of Establishment

DEMS

Defensive Equipped Merchant Ship

DERR

Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment

DENBIGH. YEO.

Denbighshire Yemonary

DEVON. R.

Devonshire Regiment

D.G. D. GDS.

Dragoon Guards

DI

Defence Intelligence

DID

Detail Issue Depot (RASC)

DIV.

Division

D.L.I.

Durham Light Infantry

DM.

Driver Mechanical Transport

D.M.G.

Deputy Military Governer

DMR.

Drummer

DMS

Driver Mechanic School

DOC

Docks Operating Company (RE)

D OF E

Duration of Engagement

D OF W

Duration of War

DNS.

Dragoons

D. OF CoRN.L.I.

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

D. OF LANCS. O.Y.

Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry

DORSET. R.

Dorset Regiment

DORSET. YEO.

Dorset Yeomanry

DPM

Deputy Provost Marshal

DR

Despatch Rider

DSAF

Depot and School Airborne Forces

DSC

Divisional Supply Column

D.S.O.

Distinguished Service Order

DTR

Driver Training Regiment

DURH. L.I.

Durham Light Infantry

DVR.

Driver (rank equating to Private)

DW

Duration of War

E

E&M COY

Electrical and Mechanical Company (RE)

EA

Enemy Artillery

EAC

Equipment Assembly Course (REME)

ECC

Emergency Cooks Course

ECT

Emergency Cookery Training

E.E.F.

Egyptian Expeditionary Force

E.F.C.

Expeditionary Force Canteen (First World War)

EFI

Expeditionary Force Institutes

E.F.T.S.

Elementary Flying Training School

EME(A)

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (Army)

EMS

Emergency Medical Service

ENGR

Engineers

ENSA

Entertainment National Service Association

ERE

Extra Regimental Employment

E.R. OF YORK. Y.

East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry

ESBD

Electrical Stores Base Depot

Engineer Store Base Depot

ESD

Engineer Stores Depot

ESE

Engineer Stores Establishment

ESSEX R.

Essex Regiment

ESSEX YEO.

Essex Yeomanry

EST

Establishments

E. SURR. R.

East Surrey Regiment

E. YORK. R.

East Yorkshire Regiment

EX. FCE. CAN.

Expeditionary Force Canteen

F

FA

Field Ambulance

F. AMB.

Field Ambulance

F.A.N.Y.

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

FARELF

Far East Land Force

F COY

Fortress Company

FDS

Field Dressing Station

Forward Delivery Squadron (RAC)

FF REGT

Frontier Force Regiment (India)

F.G.C.M.

Field General Court Martial

FH

Field Hospital

FLD. BKY.

Field Bakery

FOU

Forward Operators Unit (RA)

FPKS

Field Park Squadron (RE)

FPS

Field Park Squadron (RE)

FSS

Field Security Section

FUS

Fusilier (Rank equating to Private)

FVPE

Fighting Vehicle Proving Establishment

FVS

Fighting Vehicle Section

FWN.

Forewoman

G

G.C.

George Cross

GC COY

General Construction Company (RE)

G.C.M.

General Court Martial

GCR

Gold Coast Regiment

GDS.

Guards

General Duties Section

GDSM

Guardsman (Rank equating to Private)

G. GDS.

Grenadier Guards

GDS. M.G.R.

Guards Machine Gun Regiment

GEN

General

GH

General Hospital

GLAM. YEO.

Glamorgan Yeomanry

GLOUC. R.

Gloucestershire Regiment

G.M.

George Medal

G.M.P.

Garrison Military Police

Gnr.

Gunner (Rank equating to Private in Royal Artillery)

G.O.C.

General Officer Commanding

G.O.C.-in-.C.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief

GORD. HIGHS.

Gordon Highlanders

GORDONS

Gordon Highlanders

GP

Group

GRKS

Gurkhas

G.R.O.

General Routine Order

G.S.

General Service

GSC

General Service Corps

GSO

General Staff Officer

GT COY

General Transport Company

GTTB

General Trades Training Battalions (Royal Signals)

H

HAA

Heavy Anti Aircraft

H.A.C.

Honourable Artillery Company

H.A.C. ART.

Honourable Artillery Company Artillery Section

H.A.C. INF.

Honourable Artillery Company Infantry Section

HAMP. R.

Hampshire Regiment

HAMPS. R.

Hampshire Regiment

HAMPS. YEO.

Hampshire Yeomanry

HAT

Home Ambulance Train (RAMC)

HCBTC

Home Counties Brigade Training Centre

HD

Home Defence

HEREFORD R.

Hereford Regiment

HERT. R.

Hertfordshire Regiment

HERTS. R.

Hertfordshire Regiment

HERTS. YEO.

Hertfordshire Yeomanry

HIGHLAND CYC. BN.

Highland Cyclist Battalion

HIGH. L.I.

Highland Light Infantry

H.K.S.R.G.A.

Hong Kong and Singapore Royal Garrison Artillery

H.K.V.D.C.

Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps

H.L.I.

Highland Light Infantry

HMS

Her Majesty's Ship

HOUSEHOLD BN.

Household Battalion

HPS

Home Port Security (Intelligence Corp)

HQ SW

Headquarters Static Workshop (REME)

HRS.

Hussars

Heavy Recovery Section (REME)

HRS(MT)

Heavy Repair Shop (Motor Transport) (REME)

HS

Holding Strength

Hospital Ship

HSF

Home Service Force

HTR

Heavy Training Regiment (RAC)

HUNTS. CYCLIST. BTN.

Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion

I

I

Intelligence

IACC

Indian Army Corps of Clerks

IAOC

Indian Army Ordnance Corps

I/C

In Charge Of

ICC

Intelligence Corps Centre

IE

Inspectorate of Establishments

IFCU

Indian Field Censor Unit (Intelligence Corps)

I. GDS.

Irish Guards

IJLB

Infantry Junior Leader Battalion

INF.

Infantry

INFY.

Infantry

INT CORPS

Intelligence Corps

IR. GDS.

Irish Guards

ITC

Infantry Training Centre

IUL

Indian Unattached List (Officers)

IWP

Instruments and Weapons Production

I.W.T.

Inland Water Transport

K

KAR

King's African Rifles

K.E.H.

King Edward's Horse

K.O.S.B.

Kings Own Scottish Borderers

K.O. SCOT. BORD.

Kings Own Scottish Borderers

K.O.Y.L.I.

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

K.R.R.C

Kings Royal Rifle Corps

K.R. RIF. C.

Kings Royal Rifle Corps

KSG

Korea Services Gratuity

K.S.L.I.

Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

L

L

Labour

LABOUR C.

Labour Corps

LAC

Leading Aircraftman

London Assembly Centre

LACW

Leading Aircraftwoman

LAD

Light Aid Detachment

LANARK. YEO.

Lanarkshire Yeomanry

LAN. FUS.

Lancashire Fusiliers

L.C.

Labour Corps

L. CPL.

Lance Corporal

L/CPL

Lance Corporal

LCRS.

Lancers

LDAC

London District Assembly Centre

LDRD

London District Reception Depot (RAC)

LDY OP

Laundry Operator (RAOC)

LEIC. R.

Leicestershire Regiment

LEIC. YEO.

Leicestershire Yeomanry

LEINS. R.

Leinster Regiment

L. G.

Life Guards

L. GDS.

Life Guards

LIAP

Leave in addition to Python

LIEUT

Lieutenant

LINC. R.

Lincolnshire Regiment

LINC. YEO.

Lincolnshire Yeomanry

L.I.R.

London Irish Rifles

LMB FA

Lowland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance (RAMC)

L.N. LAN. R.

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

L OF C

Line of Communication

LOND. R.

London Regiment

LOTH. & BORD. H.

Lothian and Border House

LOVAT'S SCTS.

Lovat's Scouts

L'POOL. R.

Liverpool Regiment

LRDG

Long Range Desert Group

LRS.

Lancers

L. SGT.

Lance Sergeant

LSL

Long Service List

LT.

Lieutenant

LT. COL.

Lieutenant Colonel

LTM

Light Trench Mortar

LTR

Long Term Reserve

LWOP

Leave without Pay

M

MA

Military Adviser

Military Assistant

Military Attache

MAC

Motor Ambulance Company (RAMC)

M.A.D.

Military Accounts Department

MAJ

Major

MANCH. R.

Manchester Regiment

MB

Mercian Brigade

MBU

Mobile Bath Unit (Pioneer Corps)

M.C.

Military Cross

Movement Control

Motor Cycle

MCU

Military Collection Unit

MDC

Mobile Defence Company

MD COY

Motor Driver Company (ATS)

ME COY

Mechanical Equipment Company

M.E.F.

Mediterranean  Expeditionary Force

MELF

Middle East Land Force

MEP

Mechanical Equipment Park Company (RE)

MET

Meteorological

MEXE

Military Engineering Experimental Establishment

M.F.P.

Military Foot Police

M.G.C.

Machine Gun Corps

M.G. CORPS.

Machine Gun Corps

M.G.C. CAV.

Machine Gun Corps Cavalry

MG TC

Machine Gun Training Centre

MGO

Master General of the Ordnance

MIDD'X. R.

Middlesex Regiment

M.I.R.S.

Military Intelligence Research Section

MLU

Mobile Laundry Unit (RAOC)

M.M.

Military Medal

MMGC

Motor Machine Gun Corps

M.M.G.S.

Motor Machine Gun Service

M.M.P.

Military Mounted Police

M.O.

Medical Officer

Military Operations

MOB

Mobilisation

M.O.D.

Ministry of Defence

MOV

Movement

MP

Manpower

MP&DB

Military Prison and Detention Barracks

MPDB

Military Provost Detention Barracks

M.P.S.C.

Military Provost Staff Corps

MONMOUTH R.

Monmouthshire Regiment

MPFC

Mobile Petrol Filling Company

MPTC

Mobile Petrol Transport Company

M.R.

Mounted Rifles

MRA

Maritime Royal Artillery

MRE

Microbiological Research Establishment

MRS

Medical Reception Station

MS.

Mechanical Specials

MSD

Main Supply Depot (RAOC)

MSG

Maintenance Support Group

MT

Mechanical Transport

MT BN

Motor Training Battalion

MTF

Mauritius Territorial Force

MTO

Mechanical Transport Officer

MTS

Motor Transport Stores

MTTD

Motor Transport Training Depot

MWEE

Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment

M1

Prefix for New Army ASC Mechanical Transport numbers

M2

Prefix for ASC Electricians numbers

N

NAAFI

Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes

NAO

Northern Army Group

N.A.T.O.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

NCC

Non Combatant Corps

N.C.O.

Non-commissioned officer

N. CYC. BN.

Northern Cyclist Battalion

NDC

National Defense Company

NDS

Northumbria District Signals

NEI

Netherlands (Dutch) East Indies

NIB

North Irish Brigade

NID

North Irish Depot

NIM

North Irish Militia

N. IR. H.

North Irish Horse

NO

Nursing Orderly

NORF. R.

Norfolk Regiment

NORF. YEO.

Norfolk Yeomanry

NORTH'D. FUS.

Northumberland Fusiliers

NORTH'D. YEO.

Northumberland Yeomanry

NORTH'N R.

Northamptonshire Regiment

NORTH'N YEO.

Northamptonshire Yeomanry

N. SOM. YEO.

North Somerset Yeomanry

NSRW

National Service Reserve Wing

N. STAFF. R.

North Staffordshire Regiment

N.Z.A.M.C.

New Zealand Army Medical Corps

O

OAC

Ordnance Ammunition Company

O.B.L.I.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

O.C.

Officer Commanding

O.C.A.

Old Comrades Association

O.T.C.

Office Training Corps

OCTU

Officer Cadet Training Unit

OF

Ordnance Factories

OFC

Operator Fire Control (RA)

OFP

Ordnance Field Park

OIC

Officer in Charge

OKM

Operator Keyboard and Line (Royal Signals)

OPWC

Overseas Prisoner of War Camp

ORD

Ordnance

OWL

Operator Wireless and Line

OX. & BUCKS. L.I.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

OXF. YEO.

Oxfordshire Yeomanry

P

PAIFORCE

Persia and Iraq Force

PARA REGT

Parachute Regiment

PCC

Port Construction Company

Postal and Courier Communications

PCLU

Pioneer and Civil Labour Unit

PD

Petrol Depot

PEE

Proof and Experimental Establishment

PEMBROKE. YEO.

Pembrokeshire Yeomanry

PLK

Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment

P/M

Pipe Major

PM

Provost Marshal

PMR

Paymaster

Practical Map Reading

PNE

Permanently None Effective

Pnr.

Pioneer

POC

Port Operating Company

P.O.W.

Prisoner Of War

P PARK

Petrol Park

PRRB

Parachute Regiment Reserve Battalion

PSM

Platoon Sergeant Major

PSP

Petrol Stores Platoon

P. & S.S.

Printing and Stationery Service

PTC

Primary Training Corps

Pte.

Private

PTFOC

Petrol Tin Factory Operating Company (RASC)

PTW

Primary Training Wing

P.V.O.

Principal Veterinary Officer

Q

Q

Quartering

Q.A.I.M.N.S.

Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service

Q.A.I.M.N.S.(R.)

Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve

QARANC

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

Q.M.

Quarter Master

Q.M.A.A.C.

Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps

QMG

Quarter Master General

QMS

Quarter Master Sergeant

Q.O.R. GLASGOW YEO.

Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry

QUEENS S.R.

Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment

R

R.A.

Royal Artillery

RAC

Royal Armoured Corps

RACHD

Royal Army Chaplains Department

RACR

Royal Armoured Corps Range

RADC

Royal Army Dental Corps

RAEC

Royal Army Education Corps

RAF

Royal Air Force

RAMC

Royal Army Medical Corps

RAOC

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

RAPC

Royal Army Pay Corps

RASC

Royal Army Service Corps

RATA

Royal Army Temperance Association

RAVC

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

RBC

Reinforcement Base Depot

R. BERKS. R.

Royal Berkshire Regiment

R.C.

Roman Catholic

Reconnaissance Corps

RC COY

Railway Construction Company (RE)

R.C.M.

Regimental Court Martial

RCT

Royal Corps of Transport

R.D.C.

Royal Defence corps

RDD

Reception and Discharge Depot

R. DEVON. YEO.

Royal Devon Yeomanry

R.D.FUS

Royal Dublin Fusiliers

R. DUB. FUS

Royal Dublin Fusiliers

R.E.

Royal Engineers

R.E. KENT YEO.

Royal East Kent Yeomanry

REGT.

Regiment

REME

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

R.F.A.

Royal Field Artillery

R.F.C.

Royal Flying Corps

RFN

Rifleman (Rank equating to Private)

R. FUS.

Royal Fusiliers

R.G.A.

Royal Garrison Artillery

RGBW

Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

RGH

Royal Gloucestershire Hussars

R. GUERNSEY L.I.

Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

R.H.A.

Royal Horse Artillery

RHE

Return to Home Establishment

RHF

Royal Highland Fusiliers

R.H.GDS.

Royal Horse Guards

R.H. G.

Royal Horse Guards

R. HIGHRS.

Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

RHU

Reinforcement Holding Unit

RIF

Royal Irish Fusiliers

RIF. BRIG.

Rifle Brigade

R.INNIS. FUS.

Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers

R.IR.FUS.

Royal Irish Fusiliers

R.IR.REG.

Royal Irish Regiment

R.IR. RIF.

Royal Irish Rifles

R.LANC.R.

Royal Lancaster Regiment

RMA

Royal Marine Artillery

RMAS

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

RMC

Royal Military College

R.M.O.

Regimental Medical Officer

RMP

Royal Military Police

R. MUNS. FUS.

Royal Munster Fusiliers

RMW

Railway Mobile Workshop

RN

Royal Navy

R.N. DEVON YEO.

Royal North Devon Yeomanry

RO

Recruiting Officer

Retired Officer

ROC

Railway Operating Company

ROD

Railway Operating Division (RE)

ROF

Royal Ordnance Factory

RPC

Royal Pioneer Corps

RQMS

Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant

RRF

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

R.R. OF CAV.

Royal Regiment of Cavalry

RSAF

Royal Small Arms Factory

RSC

Recruit Selection Centre

R. SCOTS

Royal Scots

R. SIGNALS

Royal Signals

R SIGS

Royal Signals

R. S. FUS.

Royal Scots Fusiliers

R. SC. FUS

Royal Scots Fusiliers

R.S.M.

Regimental Sergeant Major

RSR

Raiding Support Regiment

R. SUSS. R.

Royal Sussex Regiment

R.T.O.

Railway Transportation Office / Officer

RTR

Royal Tank Regiment

R.U.R.

Royal Ulster Rifles

R. W. FUS.

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

R. W. KENT R.

Royal Welsh Kent Regiment

R. WAR. R.

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

RWE

Radio Warfare Establishment (based at the RAF Base in Watton, Norfolk)

S

S.A.

Supply Assistant

SA SCHOOL

Small Arms School

SARB

Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade

S. ARMS SCH.

Small Arms School

SAS

Special Air Service

SASC

Small Arms School Corps

SAT.

Satisfactory

SCD

Stores and Clothing Department

SCU

Special Communications Unit (Royal Signals)

SDF

Sudan Defence Force

SEAC

South East Asia Command

SEALF

South East Asia Land Force

SEALTO

South East Asia Treaty Organisation

SEL

School of Electric Lighting

S. GDS.

Scots Guards

SGE

Siege

SGT

Sergeant

SH

Seaforth Highlanders

SHAEF

Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force

SHAPE

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

SHER. RANG.

Sherwood Rangers

SHROPS. L.I.

Shropshire Light Infantry

SHROPS. YEO.

Shropshire Yeomanry

SI(A)

Services Intelligence (Army)

SIB

Special Investigations Branch

SIG

Signalman (Rank equating to Private in Royal Signals)

S. IR. H.

South Irish Horse

SIS

Security Identification Section

SL

Searchlight

S. LAN. R.

South Lancashire Regiment

S.L.I.

Somerset Light Infantry

SLT

Searchlight Training

SM

Sergeant Major

SME

School of Mechanical Engineers

SNLR

Service No Longer Required

SOE

Special Operations Executive

SOS

Struck Off Strength

Static Officers Shop

S. OF M.

School of Musketry

SOM. L.I.

Somerset Light Infantry

S.MJR.

Sergeant Major

Spr.

Sapper (Rank equivalent to Private in Royal Engineers)

SCO. H.

Scottish Horse

SCO. RIF.

Scottish Rifles (Cameronians)

SEA. HIGHRS.

Seaforth Highlanders

S.O.S.

Struck off Strength

S.R.

Special Reserve

Supplementary Reserve

SRD

Special Reserve Depot

SSB

Special Services Brigade

ST

Supply and Transport (RASC)

S. STAFF. R.

South Staffordshire Regiment

STAFF. YEO.

Staffordshire Yeomanry

STC

Survey Training Centre

SU

Salvage Unit

SUFF. R.

Suffolk Regiment

SUFF. YEO.

Suffolk Yemonary

SURR. YEO.

Surrey Yeomanry

SVC

Shanghai Volunteer Corps

SVY

Survey

SW

Static Workshop (REME)

SWB

Silver War Badge

S WALES BORD

South Wales Borderers

S.W.H.

Scottish Women's Hospitals

SY. PROB

Supply Probationer

T

T.A.

Territorial Army

T.A.N.S.

Territorial Army Nursing Service

T.A.V.R.

Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve

TB

Training Battalion

Tank Brigade

Telegraph Battalion

TCC

Traffic Control Company

T COY

Tunnelling Company

TE

Training Establishment

T.F.

Territorial Force

T.F.N.S.

Territorial Force Nursing Service

TM

Trench Mortar

TN

Transportation

T.O.S.

Taken on Strength

TP CG COY

Troop Carrying Company (RASC)

TPR

Trooper

TRG

Training

V

V.A.D.

Voluntary Aid Detachment

V.C.

Victoria Cross

VCP

Vehicle Collection Point

V.D.

Venereal Disease

VG

Very Good

VP

Vulnerable Points (CMP)

VPP

Vulnerable Points Provost (CMP)

VRD

Vehicle Reserve Depot

W

W

War Substantive

WAAC

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps

WE

War Establishment

WEF

With Effect From

WELSH H.

Welsh Horse

WELSH H.C.

Welsh Hospital Corps

WELSH R.

Welsh Regiment

W. AFR. R.

West African Regiment

WEST & CUMB. Y.

Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry

W. GDS.

Welsh Guards

WGNR

Waggoner

W.H.C.

Women's Hospital Corps

WI

Wireless Inteligence

WILTS. R.

Wiltshire Regiment

WILTS. YEO.

Wiltshire Yeomanry

W.I.R.

West India Regiment

W.KENT YEO.

West Kent Yeomanry

WKR

Worker (grade equating to Private in QMAAC)

W.O.

War Office

Warrant Officer

W.O. CL. 1

Warrant Officer Class 1

WORC. R.

Worcestershire Regiment

WORC. YEO.

Worcestershire Yeomanry

WRAC

Women's Royal Army Corps

W. RID. R.

West Riding Regiment

W/S

War Substantive

W. SOM. YEO.

West Somerset Yeomanry

WT COY

Water Tank Company (RASC)

W. YORK. R

West Yorkshire Regiment

Y

YEO

Yeomanry

Y. & L.R.

York and Lancaster Regiment

Y.D.

Yorkshire Dragoons

Y.H.

Yorkshire Hussars

YORK. DNS.

Yorkshire Dragoons

YORK. HRS.

Yorkshire Hussars

YORK & LANC. R.

York and Lancaster Regiment

YORK. R.

Yorkshire Regiment

YORKS. L.I.

Yorkshire Light Infantry

Y.S.

Young Solider

Z

ZION MULE C.

Zion Mule Corps