Abbreviations used in World War I and World War II service records

This is a list of the most common abbreviations used in World War I and World War II service records held by the National Archives.

Abbreviation

Definition

AAH

Australian Auxiliary Hospital

AAMC

Australian Army Medical Corps

AANS

Australian Army Nursing Service

AASC

Australian Army Service Corps

AB/Dvr

Able Bodied Driver

ADBD

Australian Divisional Base Depot

ADH

Australian Dermatological Hospital

AFA

Australian Field Artillery

AFC

Australian Flying Corps

AGBD

Australian General Base Depot

AGH

Australian General Hospital

AIBD

Australian Infantry Base Depot

AIF (1st AIF)

Australian Imperial Force (WWI)

AIF (2nd AIF)

Australian Imperial Force (WWII)

AL Rwy

Australian Light Railway

AM

Aircraft Mechanic

AMGBD

Australian Machine Gun Base Depot

AMTS

Australian Mechanical Transport Service

AN&MEF

Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force

AOC

Army Ordnance Corps

Arty

Artillery

ASC

Army Service Corps

ASH

Australian Stationary Hospital also Australian Special Hospital

AVES

Australian Veterinary Evacuating Station

AVH

Australian Veterinary Hospital

AWL

Absent without Leave

BEF

British Expeditionary Force

Bde

Brigade

BGROC

Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company

Bn

Battalion

Bty

Battery

CCS

Casualty Clearing Station

Con Dep

Convalescent Depot

Coy

Company

Cpl

Corporal

Cps

Corps

Cpt

Captain

Cyc

Cyclist

DAC

Division Ammunition Column also Division Artillery Column

DCM

District Court Martial

DD

Details Depot

Den Cps

Dental Corps

Div

Division

DSC

Divisional Supply Column

EEF

Egyptian Expeditionary Force

EMM&B Coy

Electrical and Mechanical Mining and Boring Company

Engrs

Engineers

F Amb

Field Ambulance

FAB

Field Artillery Brigade

Far

Farrier

FCE

Field Company Engineers

FTD

Full-time duty

GDD

General Details Depot

GSR

General Service Reinforcements

GSW

Gun Shot Wound

HMAT

His Majesty's Australian Transport

HS

Hospital Ship

HT

Hired Transport also Horsed Transport

ICC

Imperial Camel Corps

Inf

Infantry

LGROC

Light Gauge Railway Operating Company

LH Bde

Light Horse Brigade

LHFA

Light Horse Field Ambulance

LHR

Light Horse Regiment

LHRR

Light Horse Reserve Regiment

LHTR

Light Horse Training Regiment

LoC

Lines of Communication

L/Cpl

Lance Corporal

L/Sgt

Lance Sergeant

Lt

Lieutenant

M Vet Sec

Mobile Veterinary Section

Maj

Major

MD

Military District

MEF

Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli)

MG Coy/ Sqn

Machine Gun Company/Squadron

M/I

Marched In

M/0

Marched Out

MT/Dvr

Mechanical Transport Driver

Mtd Reg

Mounted Regiment

NYD

Not Yet Determined/Diagnosed

PO

Petty Officer (Navy)

Pnrs

Pioneers

Pte

Private

PUO

Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin

RAA

Royal Australian Artillery

RAE

Royal Australian Engineers

RANBT

Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train

RBAA

Reserve Brigade Australia Artillery

Regt

Regiment

RMT Unit

Remount Unit

RSD

Railhead Supply Detachment

SAN Sect

Sanitation Section

SB

Siege Battery

Sig

Signals

STS

Sea Transport Staff

S/Smith or SS

Shoeing Smith

Sgt

Sergeant

Sjt

Serjeant (variant of Sergeant)

Sqn

Squadron

SW

Shrapnel Wound

TMBty

Trench Mortar Battery also LTMB, MTMB, HTMB (Light, Medium or Heavy Trench Mortar Battery)

TOS

Taken on Strength

Tp

Troop

Tun Coy

Tunnelling Company

VDC

Volunteer Defence Corps

Vet Sect

Veterinary Section

Whr

Wheeler

 

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