Abbreviations in Australian World War 1 Military Records

2LT

Second Lieutenant (Platoon Commander)

A/

Acting / Assistant

Abdo

Abdomen/Abdominal

Adj, Adjt

Adjutant (administrative officer with a Battalion or equivalent unit, normally a Captain)

ADBD

Australian Division Base Depot (numbered in accordance with the Division)

AGBD

Australian General Base Depot

AIBD

Australian Infantry Base Depot

AIEF

Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force

AIF

Australian Imperial Force

AAH

Australian Army Hospital

AAMC

Australian Army Medical Corps

AAOC

Australian Army Ordnance Corps

AAQMG

Acting Assistant Quartermaster General

AASC

Australian Army Service Corps

AAVC

Australian Army Vetenary Corps

Acc

Accidental

ADH

Australian District Hospital

AGH

Australian General Hospital

AM

Albert Medal (for Life saving, in Gold (1st Class) or Bronze (Second Class), and can be awarded for Land or Sea. Later made equivalent to the George Cross or George Medal).

AM1

Air Mechanic Grade 1

AM3

Air Mechanic Grade 3

AM2

Air Mechanic Grade 2

Amp

Amputated

AN&MEF

Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force

ANZAC

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

AOR

At Own Request

AWL

Absent Without Leave

Bar

A medal awarded more than once (eg two award of the MC are known as MC and Bar)

Batt

Battalion (an infantry unit of up to four companies commanded by a LT COL)

BDR

Bombardier (Artillery rank equivalent to Corporal)

BEF

British Expeditionary Force

BGROC

Broad Gauge Rail Operating Company

Bn

Battalion (an infantry unit of up to four Companies commanded by a LT COL)

BRIG

Brigadier-General (commander of a Brigade of 3 or 4 Battalions

BRIT

British

CAPT

Captain (second in command of a company or acting company commander)

CB

Confined to Barracks
Confinement to Barracks was a punishment which permitted soldiers to perform their usual duties during normal work hours, but required them to report every hour, on the hour from 6:00am to start of work, at lunch time and between cessation of work and 10:00pm. It included periods of drill on the parade ground and reporting in different forms of dress at different times.

CCS

Casualty Clearing Station

CdeG

Croix de Guerre (French gallantry award)

C in C

Commander in Chief (commander in a theatre of war).

CO

Commanding Officer (of a battalion or equivalent unit) See also OC

Co/Coy

Company (sub-unit of a battalion, commanded by a Major)

COL

Colonel (commander of a brigade)

CORP/CPL

Corporal (commander of a section of 10 or so soldiers)

Cpt

Captured

CQMS

Company Quartermaster Sergeant (rank of staff sergeant, second highest ranking NCO in a Company)

CSM

Company Sergeant Major (rank of warrant officer class 2, the highest ranking NCO in a company)

C'Town

Capetown, South Africa

CYC BN

Cyclist Battalion

DAC

Divisional Ammunition Column

DAH

Defective Aorta Heart

DCM

Distinguished Conduct Medal (level 2 award for solders up to the rank of Warrant Officer

DEF

Defective

DISCH

Discharged

DIS

Disembarked

DIV

Division (Unit consisting of three brigades plus supporting arms and services)

DOA

Died of Accident

DOI

Died of Illness

DOW

Died of Wounds

DSO

Distinguished Service Order (level 2 award for officers)

DTN

Detention

DUS

Depot Unit Supply

DVR

Driver (rank equivalent to Private

EEF

Egyptian Expeditionary Force

ENG

England

EVAC

Evacuated/Evacuation

FAB

Field Artillery Brigade

FCE

Field Company Engineers

FD

Field

FP1, FP2

Field Punishment No 1 or No 2
Field punishment was an award by a commanding officer or court martial for an offence committed on active service. FP1 consisted of heavy labouring duties whilst restrainedin handcuffs or fetters and being tied to a post or wheel. FP2 did not involve attachment to a fixed object.

FM

Field Marshal (Highest officer rank)

FRACT

Fractured

GEN

General (Commander of an Army)

GNR

Gunner (artillery rank equivalent to Private)

GOC

General Officer Commanding

GSW

Gunshot Wound

HMAT

His Majesty's Australian Transport

HQ

Headquarters

HS

Hospital Ship

ICC

Imperial Camel Corps

IHL

Incarceration and Hard Labour

IMP

Imperial, Imprisoned

INJ

Injured (as oppposed to wounded)

KIA

Killed in Action

LBS

Pounds weight (450gm)

L/CPL, LCPL

Lance Corporal (Second in Command of a Section)

Ld'H

Legion d'Honneur, French gallantry award

LROC

Light Rail Operating Company

L/SGT, LSGT

Lance Sergeant (a semi-official rank which generally denoted a Corporal as the temporary 2IC of a Platoon, but wearing the same three stripes as a Sergeant)

LTCOL, LT COL

Lieutenant Colonel (commander of a battalion or equivalent unit)

LT, LIEUT

Lieutenant (commander of a platoon)

LTGEN, LT GEN

Lieutenant General (Commander of a Corps of two or three Divisions)

LTMB

Light Trench Mortar Battery

MAJ

Major (Commander of a company or equivalent unit)

MAJ GEN

Major General (Commander of a Division of three Brigades)

MC

Military Cross (Level 3 award for officers)

MD

Military District, as under
1 MD Queensland
          plus Casino, Lismore and Grafton [from NSW] and NT
2 MD New South Wales
          less Casino, Lismore, Grafton [to NSW]
          less Broken Hill Torrowangee and Silverton [to SA]
          less Corowa, South Corowa, Mulwala, Moama, Mathoura and Deniliquin [to VIC]
          plus Wodonga, Barnawartha, Chiltern and Tallangatta [from VIC]
3 MD Victoria
          less Wodonga, Barnawartha, Chiltern and Tallangatta [to NSW]
          plus Corowa, South Corowa, Mulwala, Moama, Mathoura and Deniliquin [from NSW]
4 MD South Australia
          plus Broken Hill, Torrowangee and Silverton [from NSW]
5 MD Western Australia
6 MD Tasmania
Papua New Guinea was ceded to Australia after WW1 and became 7 MD.

MEF

Mediterranian Expeditionary Force

MGB

Machine Gun Battalion

MGC

Machine Gun Company

MM

Military Medal (Level three award for soldiers and Warrant Officers)

MIA

Missing in Action

MID

Mentioned in Despatches (Level four award for all ranks)

MSM

Meritorious Service Medal (Awarded rarely for gallantry, more often for efficient and effective service)

MTC

Mechanised Transport Company

MU

Medically Unfit

NEG

Negligent/Negligently

NAB

Not Available

NTH

North

NZEF

New Zealand Expeditionary Force

OBE

Order of the British Empire (Awarded for gallantry, but more often for effective/efficient service)

OC

Officer Commanding (a Company sized unit or subunit)

OIC

Officer in Charge (generally in respect of an administrative unit)/td>

OTB

Overseas Training Battalion

OZ

Ounces weight (28.35gm)

PNR

Assault Pioneer (latterly, the soldiers acting as engineers within a Battalion, but as a unit, engineers more often associated with offensive action such as minelaying.)

POW

Prisoner of War

PTE

Private (lowest rank in the Army)

Prev

Previously

PS

Penal Servitude

QM

Quartermaster (normally a Captain in a Battalion)

QMS

Quartermaster Sergeant (normally a Staff Sergeant within a Company)

RAN

Royal Australian Navy

RECS

Records

RFTS

Reinforcements

RN

Royal Navy

RNR

Royal Navy Reserve

RTA

Returned to Australia

RPM

Rounds per Minute

RTD

Returned to Duty

RSM

Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1, the highest non-commissioned rank within a Battalion)

RTE

Returned to England

S/A

Served As

SAN

Sanitation

SECT

Section (a squad of 8-12 men commanded by a Corporal, where there are three or four sections to a Platoon)

SDN

Squadron <(Cavalry/Light Horse equivalent of a Company)/td>

SGH

Stationary General Hospital

SGT

Sergeant (second in command of a Platoon)

S/SGT, SSGT

Staff Sergeant (ssecond highest ranking NCO in a company, generally the QMS)

SIG

Signals/Signaller

SIW

Self Inflicted Wound

SMLE

Small Magazine Lee Enfield .303in Rifle 1910-1960

SNLR

Services No Longer Required

SPR

Sapper (Engineer rank equivalent to Private)

SS

Shell Shock/Steam Ship

STH

South

SW

Shrapnel wound

T/

Temporary - as in T/Corporal

TB

Tuberculosis

TOS

Taken on Strength

TPR

Trooper (Cavalry/Light Horse equivalent to Private)

TRG

Training

TS

Transport Ship / Troop Ship

VAD

Ventricular Aorta Dysfunction

VC

Victoria Cross (Level one award for gallantry, all ranks)

VD

Volunteer Decoration / Venereal Disease

VET

Vetinary

WIA

Wounded in Action

WO1

Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major or equivalent in other units/trades)

WO2

Warrant Officer Class 2 (Company Sergeant Major or equivalent in other units/trades)