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NEW ZEALAND AND WORLD WAR ONE
ABBREVIATIONS

These are commonly used abbreviations in the NZ Personal Military Files for World War One but also include some from later theatres. Thanks to Ray Seymour for his help with many of these.

Also see:
Common British Military Abbreviations.
Australian Military Abbreviations and Acronyms
Australian Military Abbreviations and Terminology

2 Lt Second Lieutenant
2nd Corp 2nd Corporal
2nd Lieut 2nd Lieutenant
A Artillery
A/ Acting
A/A Anti Aircraft
A/Cpl Acting Corporal
A/Sgt Acting Sergeant
A/T Anti Tank
A1 Fit for active Service
AA Assistant Adjutant
AAG Assistant Adjutant General
AANS Australian Auxiliary Nursing Service
Adj Adjutant
Adm Admitted
ADMS Assistant Director of Medical Services
ADS Advanced Dressing Station
Adv Base Advanced Base
AEC Area Employment Company
AGH Australian General Hospital
AI Auckland Infantry
AIB Auckland Infantry Battalion
AIF Australian Imperial Force
AklReg Auckland Regiment
ALH Australian Light Horse
Amm Park Ammunition Park
Amn Coln Ammunition Column
AMR Auckland Mounted Rifles
ANS Army Nursing Service
ANZAC Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
ANZAC (Place) ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula
AOC Army Ordnance Corps
AOR At Own Request
Aotea Aotea Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, Egpyt
APC Army Pay Corps
APD Auckland Personnel Draft [for embarkation to NZ]
APM Assistant Provost Marshall
APMC Almeric Paget Massage Corps
APMMC Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps
App Appointment
Apptd Appointed
APR Awaiting Passage Return
APS Army Postal Service
AQMG Assistant Quarter Master General
AR Auckland Regiment
Ar Ser Corps Army Service Corps
ARRC Associate Royal Red Cross
AS Corps Army Service Corps
ASC Army Service Corps
ASH Australian Stationary Hospital
Att S Attached strength
ATTD Attached
Auck Auckland
AWL Absent with leave
AWOL Absent without leave
B1 Able to be made fit by medical treatment
BA British Army
BAC Brigade Ammunition Column
Batt Battalion
BC Battle casualty
BCOF British Commonwealth Occupation Force
BDE Brigade
Bdr Bombardier
B'Hurst Brockenhurst (1st NZ General Hospital)
BM Brigade Major
Bn Battalion
BOD Base Ordnance Department
BOW Base Ordnance Workshop
BQMS Battery Quarter Master Sergeant
BRD Base Reception Depot
Brockenhurst NZ General Hospital No 1
Brocton NZ Rifle Brigade Reserves Camp
Bt Brevet
Btn Battalion
Bty Battery
C of E Court of Enquiry
C1 Likely to become fit for service overseas after special training
C2 Permanently unfit for active service but fit for service in New Zealand
Can GH Canadian General Hospital
CantReg Canterbury Regiment
Canty Canterbury
Capt Captain
Cas Casualty
CB Confined to Barracks
CB Order of the Bath - Companion
CBE Order of the British Empire
CCS Casualty Clearing Station
CF Chaplain Forces
CI Canterbury Infantry
CIB Canterbury Infantry Battallion
CMG Order of St Michael & St George - Companion
CMR Canterbury Mounted Rifles
CO Commanding Officer
Co Company
Codf Codford (Wiltshire, England)
Codford NZ General Hospital Convalescent Home No 3
COE Church of England
Coln Column
Comp Coy Composite Company
Con Dep Convalescent Depot
Conv Dep Convalescent Depot
Corps Group of Divisions
Coy Company
Coy QMS Company Quarter Master Sergeant
Coy SM Company Sergeant Major
CPD Canterbury Personnel Draft [for embarkation to NZ]
Cpl Corporal
CQMS Company Quarter Master Sergeant
CRE Commander Royal Engineers
Cse Course
CSM Company Sergeant Major
ctba Ceases to be attached
CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Cyclists New Zealand Cyclists Battalion
D Permanently unfit
DAC Divisional Ammunition Column
DADMS Deputy Assistant Director Medical Services
DAPM Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal
DAS Died at sea
DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
DDS Defence Dental Service
DEC Divisional Employment Company
Dent Corps Dental Corps
DHQ Divisional Headquarters
Disch Discharged
Dischdg Discharged
Div Division
Div Cav Divisional Cavalry
Div Sig Divisional Signals
DMC Desert Mounted Corps [DMC Camp, Port Said]
DMS Director of Medical Services
DOD Died of disease
DOI Died of illness
DOW Died of wounds
DOW Divisional Ordance Workshops
DOW Duration of War
DRS Divisional Rest Station
DSO Distinguished Service Order
Dvr Driver
E Engineers
E/D Pay Extra Duty Pay
Ech Echelon
ED Efficiency Decoration
EEF Egyptian Expeditionary Force
EFT Engineer - Field Troop
EGH Egyptian Government Hospital
Emb Embarked
Embn Embarked
Emp Coy Employment Company
Engr Engineer
Ent Bn Entrenching Batallion
ERS Education and Rehabilitation Services
Etaples NZ reinforcement camp, Etaples, France
Eweshott N.Z.F.A. camp, Hampshire
FA Field Ambulance
FAB Field Artillery Battalion
FAP For all purposes
Far Sergt Farrier Sergeant
Far Sgt Farrier Sergeant
FCGM Field General Court Martial
Fd Amb Field Ambulance
Fd Co Field Company
Fd Coy Field Company
Fd Wksps Field Workshops
FDL Forward Defended Locality
Feby February (looks like July)
Fld Field
FP1 Field Punishment No. 1
FP2 Field Punishment No. 2
FPC Field Punishment Centre
Fr France
FSS Field Security Section/Service
GBD General Base Depot
Gen Hosp General Hospital
GH General Hospital
Gnr Gunner
GOC General Officer Commanding
GSO General Staff Officer
GSW Gunshot Wound
GVP Guard Vital Point
H'Church Hornchurch (NZ Convalescent Hospital)
HMNZHS His Majesty's NZ Hospital Ship
HMNZTS His Majesty's NZ Troopship
Hornchurch NZEF Convalescent Hospital
Hosp Hospital
HQ Headquarters
HS Hospital Ship
IA Indian Army
IB Infantry Brigade
ICC Imperial Camel Corps
ICT General term for suppurating skin diseases (pyodermic) caused mainly by parasitic diseases, but did not include scabies
Inf Infantry
InfBdeHqrs Infantry Brigade Headquarters
Instr Instructor
Instrn Instruction
IP In Pacific
IWGC Imperial War Graves Commission (later Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
Jnd Joined
KCB Order of the Bath - Knight Companion
KCMG Order of St Michael & St George - Knight Companion
KHDS King's Honorary Dental Surgeon
KIA Killed in Action
L/Bdr Lance Bombardier
L/Corp Lance Corporal
L/Sgt Lance Sergeant
LAC Leading Aircraftman
LAD Light Aid Detachment
LAFD Light Armoured Fighting Vehicle
LGS Lewis Gun School
LH Light Horse (Australian)
LH Bde Light Horse Brigade
Lieut Lieutenant
LRDG Long Range Desert Group
LROS Light Railways Operating Section
Lt Lieutenant
Lt A/A Light Anti Aircraft
Lt-Col Lieutenant Colonel
LWOP Leave without pay
LWP Leave with pay
M/I Marched In
M/O Marched Out
M/U Medically Unfit
MAC Motor Ambulance Convoy
Maj Major
MAO Mentioned in Army Orders
Maoris New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion
MBE Order of the British Empire - Member
MBH Mounted Brigade Headquarters
MC MedicalCorps
MC Military Cross (Medal)
MDS Main Dressing Station
MDS Mobile Dental Section
MEC Mechanical Equipment Company
Med/B Medical Board
MEF Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
MEF Middle East Force
Meth Methodist
MFA Mounted Field Ambulance
MG Machine Gun
MGC Machine Gun Corps
MGS Machine Gun Squadron
MHS Mentioned for Home Service
MIA Missing in action
MID Mentioned in Despatches
MM Military Medal
MO Medical Officer
MSM Meritorious Service Medal
MSU Mobile Surgical Unit
MT Mechanical Transport
Mtd Mounted
MtdBdeHqrs Mounted Brigade Headquarters
NCO Non-Commissioned Officer
NMR National Military Reserve
NYD Not Yet Diagnosed
NZ Con Dep New Zealand Convalescent Depot
NZ Div Train New Zealand Divisional Train
NZ Fd Amb Field Ambulance
NZ Rec Dep New Zealand Reception Depot
NZA New Zealand Artillery
NZANS New Zealand Army Nursing Service
NZAOC New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps
NZAPC New Zealand Army Pay Corps
NZASC New Zealand Army Service Corps
NZCB New Zealand Cyclist Battalion
NZCC New Zealand Camel Corps
NZCC New Zealand Corp of Cyclists
NZCC New Zealand Cyclist Corps
NZCD New Zealand Chaplains Department
NZCICC New Zealand Company Imperial Camel Corps
NZDC New Zealand Dental Corps
NZE New Zealand Engineers
NZEB New Zealand Entrenching Battalion
NZEF New Zealand Expeditionary Force
NZFA New Zealand Field Artillery
NZGH New Zealand General Hospital
NZGRU New Zealand Graves Registration Unit
NZHS New Zealand Hospital Ship
NZI & GBD New Zealand Infantry and General Base Depot
NZInf New Zealand Infantry
NZLTMB New Zealand Light Trench Mortar Battery
NZMB New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion
NZMC New Zealand Medical Corps
NZMF New Zealand Military Forces
NZMFA New Zealand Mounted Field Ambulance
NZMGC New Zealand Machine Gun Corps
NZMR New Zealand Mounted Rifles
NZOC New Zealand Ordance Corps
NZPB New Zealand Pioneer Battalion
NZPC New Zealand Pay Corps
NZPC New Zealand Provost Corps
NZPS New Zealand Permanent Staff
NZPS New Zealand Postal Service
NZPWRU New Zealand Prisoner of War Repatriation Unit
NZRB New Zealand Rifle Brigade
NZRD New Zealand Reinforcement Depot
NZSC New Zealand Signal Corps
NZSC New Zealand Staff Corps
NZSH New Zealand Stationary Hospital
NZST New Zealand Signalling Troop
NZTC New Zealand Tunnelling Company
NZTES New Zealand Temporary Employment Section
NZTS New Zealand Temporary Service
NZTU New Zealand Training Unit
NZVC New Zealand Veterinary Corps
NZWT New Zealand Wireless Troop
OBE Order of the British Empire - Officer
OC Officer Commanding
OCTU Officer Cadet Training Unit
OI Otago Infantry
OIB Otago Infantry Brigade
OMR Otago Mounted Rifles
OPD Otago Personnel Draft [for embarkation to NZ]
OtagoReg Otago Regiment
OTC Officer Training Corps
P/U Permanently Unfit
Pet Coy Petrol Company
Pioneer New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion
PL Platoon
POW Prisoner of war
Presb Presbyterian
Pte Private
PUO Pyrexia of unknown origin
Pvt Private
QAIMNS Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service
QAIMNSR Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
QMG Quarter Master General
QMS Quarter Master Sergeant
RA Royal Artillery
RAF Royal Air Force
RAP Regimental Aid Post
Rarotongan Rarotongan Company
RC Reinforcement Camp
RC Rest Camp
RC Roman Catholic
RD Returning Draft
RE Royal Engineers
Regt Regiment
Reinf Reinforcement
Reinfs Reinforcements
Res Reserve
RFC Royal Flying Corp
Rfm Rifleman
Rft Reinforcement
Rfts Reinforcements
Rgt Regiment
RHA Royal Horse Artillery
RMO Regimental Medical Officer
RMT Reserve Mechanical Transport
RN Royal Navy
RNZA Royal NZ Artillery
RNZN Royal New Zealand Navy
RNZNR Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve
ROH Roll of Honour
Rouen The NZEF base in France
RQMS Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant
RRC Royal Red Cross
RSM Regimental Sergeant Major
RTNZ Returned to New Zealand
RW Royal Warrant
S/Nurse Staff Nurse
S/Sgt Staff Sergeant
SAA Small Arms Ammunition
Samoan New Zealand Samoan Forces
Sec Section
Sgt Sergeant
Sgt-Major Sergeant Major
Sh/Sm Shoe Smith
Silver War Badge also known as “The Services Rendered Badge” and the “Discharge Badge”.
Sling Main NZEF Camp (Larkhill near Bulford, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire)
Sling Camp Main NZEF Camp (Larkhill near Bulford, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire)
Slingshott Main NZEF Camp (Larkhill near Bulford, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire)
SM Sergeant Major
Soft sore Chancroid - an STD caused by a bacterial infection that is characterized by painful sores on the genitals
SOS Struck off strength
Spr Sapper
SQMS Squadron Quarter Master Sergeant
Sqn Squadron
S-Sgt Staff Sergeant
SSM Squadron Sergeant Major
Stat Hosp Stationary Hospital
Stgt Strength (Taken on Strength)
Sup Col Supply Column
T/ Temporary
T/Corp Temporary Corporal
T/Sgt Temporary Sergeant
T/U Temporarily Unfit
T-Corp Temporary Corporal
TD Territorial Decoration
TF Territorial Force
Tfd Transferred
TIT Territorial Intensive Training
TM Batt Trench Mortar Battery
TOS Taken on strength
Tp Troop
Tpr Trooper
Transfd Transferred
Trg Training
Trg Co Training Company
TS Troop Ship
T-Sgt Temporary Sergeant
VAD Voluntary Aid Detachment
VC Victoria Cross
VD Venereal Disease
VD Volunteer Decoration
VD Section Venereal Disease Section
VDC Venereal disease - Chancre
VDG Venereal disease - Gonorrhea
VDS Venereal Disease - Syphilis
Ven Hosp Venereal Disease Hospital
Vet Corps Veterinary Corps
W.Coast West Coast
W.T. Hosp Walton on Thames (NZ Hospital)
WEF With effect from
Wgtn Wellington
WI Wellington Infantry
WIA Wounded in action
WIB Wellington Infantry Battalion
WlgReg Wellington Regiment
WMR Wellington Mounted Rifles
WOAS While on Active Service
WOI Warrant Officer - First Class
WOII Warrant Officer - Second Class
WOL Without leave
WPD Wellington Personnel Draft [for embarkation to NZ]
WPD Wounded (Sick) Person's Depot
WWSA Women's War Service Auxiliary

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