Abbreviations

Introduction

This index to abbreviations likely to be found on War Memorials throughout the Region is separated into Regiments/Units, Medals/Awards and Ranks. If you are aware of any abbreviation on a North East War Memorial not covered by this list, please let us know, using the e-mail address enquiries@newmp.org.uk and quoting “Abbreviations” in the subject line. We will then investigate the entry concerned, attempt to identify the meaning of the abbreviation, and include it in this list – which is very much a “work in progress”.

Regiments & Units

  • A. & S. Hldrs - Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
  • A. & S.H. - Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
  • A.A.N.S. - Army Auxiliary Nursing Service
  • A.C.C - Army Cyclist Corps
  • A.E.C. - Army Education Corps
  • A.E.F. – Australian Expeditionary Force
  • A.F.S. - Auxiliary Fire Service
  • A.I.F. - Australian Imperial Force
  • A.L.H. - Australian Light Horse
  • A.O.C. - Army Ordnance Corps
  • A.P.C. - Army Pay Corps
  • A.P.D. - Army Pay Department
  • A.P.O.W. - Alexandra Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment
  • A.P.T.C. - Army Physical Training Corps
  • A.R.P. – Air Raid Precautions
  • A.S.C. - Army Service Corps
  • A.S.C.(M.T.) - Army Service Corps (Motor Transport)
  • A.S.H. - Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
  • A.T.S. - Auxiliary Territorial Service
  • A.V.C. - Army Veterinary Corps
  • A.Y. - Ayrshire Yeomanry
  • ANZAC - Australian & New Zealand Army Corps
  • Argylls - Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
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  • Batt - Battery
  • Batt or Bn. - Battalion
  • B.R. - Border Regiment
  • B.R.C.S. - British Red Cross Society
  • B.W. - Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
  • B.W.I.R. - British West Indies Regiment
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  • C.C. - Canadian Contingent (Note: G.G. may look similar on memorials)
  • C.D. – Civil Defence
  • C.E.F. - Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • C.F.A. - Canadian Field Artillery
  • C.F.C. - Canadian Forestry Corps
  • C.G. - Coldstream Guards
  • C.L.H. - Canadian Light Horse
  • C.L.Y. - City of London Yeomanry
  • C.M.P. - Corps of Military Police
  • C.M.R. - Canadian Mounted Rifles
  • C.R. - Connaught Rangers
  • Cam H. - Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Cam Hldrs - Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Cameronians - Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • Camerons - Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Can - Canadians
  • Can F.S. - Canadian Fire Service
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  • D.C.L.I. - Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
  • D.F. - Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • D.G. - Dragoon Guards
  • Div. - Division
  • D.L.I. - Durham Light Infantry
  • D.W.R. - Duke of Wellington's Regiment
  • DoWtns - Duke of Wellington's Regiment
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  • E.S.R. - East Surrey Regiment
  • E.Y.R. - East Yorkshire Regiment
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  • F & F Yeo. - Fife & Forfar Yeomanry
  • F.A.A - Fleet Air Arm
  • F.A.N.Y. - First Aid Nursing Yeomanry Corps
  • F.F. - Frontier Force (Indian Army)
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  • G.G - Grenadier Guards
  • G.H. - Gordon Highlanders
  • G.M.G.R. - Guards Machine Gun Regiment
  • G.P.R - Glider Pilot Regiment
  • G.Y. - Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry
  • Gord. Hldrs - Gordon Highlanders
  • Gordons - Gordon Highlanders
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  • H.A.C. - Honourable Artillery Company
  • H.C.B. - Highland Cyclist Battalion
  • H.G. - Home Guard
  • H.K.V.D.C - Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps
  • H.L.I. - Highland Light Infantry
  • H.M.C.G. - His Majesty's Coast Guard
  • H.M.D - His Majesty's Drifter
  • H.M.S. - His Majesty's Ship
  • H.M.T. - His Majesty's Transport
  • H.M.T. - His Majesty's Trawler
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  • Ind. - Indian Army
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  • K.A.R. - King's African Rifles
  • K.D.G. - Kings Dragoon Guards
  • K.E.H. - King Edwards Horse
  • K.O.S.B. - Kings Own Scottish Borderers
  • K.O.Y.L.I. - King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • K.R.R. - Kings Royal Rifle Corps
  • K.R.R.C. - Kings Royal Rifle Corps
  • K.S.L.I. - King's Shropshire Light Infantry
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  • L & B.H. - Lothian & Border Horse
  • L.C.A. - Landing Craft Assault
  • L.C.F. - Landing Craft Flak
  • L.C.G. - Landing Craft Gun
  • L.C.M. - Landing Craft Mechanised
  • L.C.R. - Landing Craft Rocket
  • L.C.S. - Landing Craft Support
  • L.C.S. - Landing Craft Small
  • L.C.T. - Landing Craft Tank
  • L.C.H. - Landing Craft Headquarters
  • L.C.I. - Landing Craft Infantry (L Large S Small)
  • L.C.V.P. - Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel
  • L.S.T. - Landing Ship Tank.
  • L.D.V. - Local Defence Volunteers
  • L.F. - Lancashire Fusiliers
  • L.G. - Life Guards
  • L.I. - Light Infantry
  • L.N.L.R. - Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
  • L.R. - London Regiment
  • L.S. - Lovat Scouts
  • L.S. - London Scottish
  • L.S.I. - Landing Ship Infantry (L Large S Small)
  • L.Y. - Lanarkshire Yeomanry
  • Lon. Scot. - London Scottish
  • Lond. R. - London Regiment
  • Lovats - Lovat Scouts
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  • M.F.A. - Mercantile Fleet Auxiliary
  • M.F.P. - Military Foot Police
  • M.G.C. - Machine Gun Corps
  • M.M. - Merchant Marine
  • M.M.P. - Military Mounted Police
  • M.M.R. - Mercantile Marine Reserve
  • M.N. - Merchant Navy
  • M.P. - Military Police
  • M.T. - Motor Transport
  • M.T.B. - Motor Torpedo Boat
  • M.V. - Motor Vessel
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  • N.A.A.F.I. - Navy, Army and Air Force Institute
  • N.C.B. - Northern Cyclist Battalion (based in Northumberland)
  • N.F. - Northumberland Fusiliers
  • N.H. - Northumberland Hussars
  • N.I.H. - North Irish Horse
  • N.Z. - New Zealand
  • N.Z.E.F. - New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • N.Z.I.F. - New Zealanders
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  • O & B.L.I. - Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
  • O.C. - Ordnance Corps
  • O.T.C. - Officer Training Corps
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  • P.P.C.L.I. - Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
  • Para. - Parachute Regiment
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  • 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
  • Q.A.R.A.N.C. - Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
  • Q.A.R.N.N.S. - Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
  • Q.M.A.A.C. - Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps
  • Q.O.C.H - Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
  • Q.O.R.G.Y - Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry
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  • R. Hldrs - Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
  • R.Innis.Fus. - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
  • R.A. - Royal Artillery
  • R.A. Ch. D - Royal Army Chaplains Department
  • R.A.A.F - Royal Australian Air Force
  • R.A.C. - Royal Armoured Corps
  • R.A.F. - Royal Air Force
  • R.A.F.V.R. - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • R.A.M.C. - Royal Army Medical Corps
  • R.A.N. - Royal Australian Navy
  • R.A.O.C. - Royal Army Ordnance Corps
  • R.A.P.C. - Royal Army Pay Corps
  • R.A.R. - Royal Australian Regiment
  • R.A.S.C. - Royal Army Service Corps
  • R.A.V.C. - Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • R.Aus.R. - Royal Australian Regiment
  • R.C.A.F. - Royal Canadian Air Force
  • R.C.N. - Royal Canadian Navy
  • R.C.N.V.R. - Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve
  • R.C.S. - Royal Corps of Signals
  • R.D.C. - Royal Defence Corps
  • R.D.F. - Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • R.D.Fus - Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • R.E. - Royal Engineers
  • Regt. - Regiment
  • R.F. - Royal Fusiliers
  • R.F.A. - Royal Field Artillery or Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • R.F.C. - Royal Flying Corps
  • R.F.R. - Royal Fleet Reserve
  • R.G.A. - Royal Garrison Artillery
  • R.H - Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
  • R.H.A. - Royal Horse Artillery
  • R.H.G. - Royal Horse Guards
  • R.H.R. - Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)
  • R.I.N. - Royal Indian Navy
  • R.I.R. - Royal Irish Rifles
  • R.M. - Royal Marines
  • R.M.A. - Royal Marine Artillery
  • R.M.B. - Royal Marine Band
  • R.M.E. - Royal Marine Engineers
  • R.M.F - Royal Munster Fusiliers
  • R.M.L.I. - Royal Marine Light Infantry
  • R.M.S.M. - Royal Marine Submarine Miners
  • R.N. - Royal Navy
  • R.N.A.S. - Royal Naval Air Service
  • R.N.C.V.R. - Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve
  • R.N.D. - Royal Naval Division
  • R.N.F. - Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
  • R.N.M.W.S. - Royal Navy Mine Watching Service
  • R.N.P.S. - Royal Naval Patrol Service
  • R.N.R. - Royal Naval Reserve
  • R.N.R.T. - Royal Naval Reserve Trawler Section (WW1, forerunner of RNPS)
  • R.N.V.R. - Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • R.O.C. - Royal Observer Corps
  • R.R. OF CAV - Reserve Regiment of Cavalry
  • R.S. - Royal Scots
  • R.Scots - Royal Scots
  • R.S.F. - Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • R.S.Fus. - Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • R.T.R - Royal Tank Regiment
  • R.U.R. - Royal Ulster Rifles
  • R.W.Kents - Royal West Kent Regiment
  • R.War.R. - Royal Warwickshire Regiment
  • Rif. Brig. - Rifle Brigade
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  • S.A.I. - South African Infantry
  • S.A.E. - South African Engineers (Corps)
  • S.A.S - Special Air Service
  • S.G. - Scots Guards
  • S.H. - Seaforth Highlanders
  • S.H. - Scottish Horse
  • S.R. - Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • S.S. - Steam Ship
  • Sco. H. - Scottish Horse
  • Sco Hse - Scottish Horse
  • Sco Rif - Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • Sco. Gds. - Scots Guards
  • Sea. H. - Seaforth Highlanders
  • Sea. Hldrs - Seaforth Highlanders
  • Seaforths - Seaforth Highlanders
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  • T.A.N.S. - Territorial Army Nursing Service
  • T.F.N.S. - Territorial Forces Nursing Service
  • T.C. - Tank Corps or Timber Corps
  • Tanks - Tank Corps
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  • V.A.D. - Voluntary Aid Detachment
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  • W.A.A.F - Women's Auxiliary Air Force
  • W.A.R. - West Africa Regiment
  • W.G. - Welsh Guards
  • W.I.R. - West India Regiment
  • W.L.A. – Women’s Land Army
  • W.R.N.S. - Women's Royal Naval Service
  • W.R.V.S. – Women’s Royal Voluntary Service
  • W.Y.R. - West Yorkshire Regiment
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  • Y & L.R. - York and Lancaster Regiment
  • Yeo. - Yeomanry

Medals & Awards

  • A.F.C - Air Force Cross
  • C.B.E. - Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • C.d.G. - Croix de Guerre
  • D.C.M. - Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • D.F.C. - Distinguished Flying Cross
  • D.F.M - Distinguished Flying Medal
  • D.S.C. - Distinguished Service Cross
  • D.S.M. - Distinguished Service Medal
  • D.S.O. - Distinguished Service Order
  • G.C. - George Cross
  • G.M. - George Medal
  • K.B.E. - Knight of the Order of the British Empire
  • M.B.E. - Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • M.C. - Military Cross
  • M.D. – Mentioned in Dispatches M.I.D. – Mentioned in Dispatches
  • M.M. - Military Medal
  • Med. Mil. - Medaille Militaire
  • O.B.E. - Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • V.C. - Victoria Cross

Ranks

  • 2 Lt, 2nd Lieut, 2Lt - Second Lieutenant
  • A.B., Able/Seaman., A/S., - Able-bodied Seaman
  • A.C.1 - Aircraftman First Class
  • A.C.2 - Aircraftman Second Class
  • A.G. - Air Gunner
  • Bdsm - Bandsman Bom – Bombardier (Artilleryman – equivalent to Corporal)
  • Brig – Brigadier
  • B.S.M. – Battery Sergeant Major
  • Cpl. H. - Corporal of Horse
  • C.P.O. - Chief Petty Officer
  • C.S.M. - Company Sergeant Major
  • Capt - Captain Col - Colonel
  • Con - Conductor
  • Col. Sgt/C. Sgt - Colour Sergeant
  • Cpl - Corporal
  • D.H. - Deck Hand
  • Dmr - Drummer
  • Dvr - Driver
  • E.R.A - Engine Room Artificer
  • F/Lt - Flight Lieutenant
  • Far. Sgt – Farrier Sergeant
  • F.O. - Flying Officer
  • F.S. - Flight Sergeant
  • Fl. Lt - Flight Lieutenant
  • Fl. Off. - Flying Officer
  • Fus - Fusilier
  • Gdsm – Guardsman
  • Gen. - General
  • Gnr - Gunner
  • L.A.C. - Leading Aircraftman
  • L.H. – Leading Hand
  • L.S. - Leading Seaman
  • L/Cpl - Lance Corporal
  • L/Sgt - Lance Sergeant
  • Ldg Smn - Leading Seaman
  • Lt - Lieutenant
  • Lt. Cdr. – Lieutenant Commander
  • Lt. Col. - Lieutenant Colonel
  • Lt. Gen. – Lieutenant General
  • Maj/Mjr. – Major
  • Maj-Gen. – Major General
  • Mech. - Mechanic
  • Mun Wkr - Munitions Worker
  • O.S. - Ordinary Seaman
  • Ord Smn - Ordinary Seaman
  • P.O. - Pilot Officer
  • P.O. - Petty Officer
  • Pte - Private
  • Pvt. - Private
  • R.S.M. - Regimental Sergeant Major Rfn. - Rifleman
  • S.O. – Station Officer
  • S.S. – Shoeing-Smith or Farrier
  • S/FM - Senior Fireman
  • Sgt - Sergeant
  • Sig - Signaller / Signalman
  • Signr - Signaller
  • Sjt – Serjeant
  • S.Sgt. – Staff Sergeant
  • Smn – Seaman Spr. - Sapper
  • Sq Ldr - Squadron Leader
  • Sub. O. – Sub-Officer
  • Tpr. - Trooper
  • W.O. - Warrant Officer
  • W.Op - Wireless Operator