When researching a soldier who served in the First World War you will be confronted with a
range of abbreviations and acronyms. Whether you are trying to decipher the wording on a soldier’s medals or a passage in a war diary, the following table will help you. This list is by no means complete and I will be continually updating it.
My following guides may also be of interest:
- Guides to Researching British Soldiers who Served in WW1
- Guides to Researching Indian Army Soldiers who Served in WW1
WW1 Abbreviations and Acronyms
Abbreviation / Acronym A Acting or Assistant AA Anti-Aircraft or Army Act AA Assistant Adjutant AAA Army (Annual) Act AAC Auxilliary Ammunition Column AAG Assistant Adjutant General AASC Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Company AB Army Book or Able Seaman ABPO Advanced Base Post Office AC Armoured Car or Army Council ACC Army Cyclist Corps or Army Corps of Clerks ACD Army Chaplains Department ACI Army Council Instruction A CLOTHING DEPT Army Clothing Department A-CPL Acting Corporal ACTG - Acting AD Artillery Depot or Assitant Director ADC Aide-de-Camp A D CORPS Army Dental Corps ADEN TRP Aden Troop ADJ Adjutant ADL Assitant Director of Labour ADMN Administration ADMS Assistant Director of Medical Services ADN Adhesion ADS Advanced Dressing Station AD SIGS Assistant Director of Army Signals ADV GD Advanced Guard ADVS Assistant Director Veterinary Services AEC Area Employment Company/Companies (Labour Corps) AED Army Education Corps AF Army Form AFC Air Force Cross AG Adjutant General AFGN Afghanistan AGS Army Gymnastic Staff AHQ Army Headquarters AIF Australian Imperial Force AIR MECH Air Mechanic A-L-SGT Acting Lance-Sergeant AM1 Air Mechanic 1st Class AMB Ambulance AMER AMB HOSP American Ambulance Hospital AMLO Assistant Military Landing Officer AMM Ammunition AMM SUB PARK Ammunition Sub-Park AM RCS American Red Cross Society AMT Armament AO Army Order AOC Army Ordnance Corps AOD Army Ordnance Depot or Army Ordnance Department AOO Army Ordnance Office AP Aid Post or Armour Piercing or Ammunition Park APC Army Pay Corps APD Army Pay Department APM Assistant Provost Marshal APMC Almeric Paget Massage Corps APO Army Post Office APP Applied APPN Application AR Army Reserve ARAB RIF Arab Rifles ARD Army Remount Depot ARMR Armourer ARP Ammunition Refilling Point ART Artillery or Artificer ARTILY Artillery ARS Army Remount Service ASC Army Service Corps ASD Army Schools Department A and S Ammunition and Store A & SH Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders ASST Assistant ASST MIL SEC Assistant Military Secretary ATMRU Army Troops Mobile Repair Unit AT Army Troops or Animal Transport A TRAIN Armoured Train ATT Attached ATTD Attached AUS Australia AUX Auxiliary AUX PETROL COY Auxiliary Petrol Company AVC Army Veterinary Corps AVL Absent Voters List AWOL Absent Without Leave AYR YEO Ayrshire Yeomanry BA British Army or Barber BAC Brigade Ammunition Column BATT Battery or Battalion BATTN Battalion BC Battery Commander or British Cavalry BCBD British Cavalry Base Depot BD Base Depot BDE Brigade BDMR Bandmaster BDS Base Depot Supplies BDTS Base Depot Transport Section BEDF YEO Bedfordshire Yeomanry BEDR R Bedfordshire Regiment BEF British Expeditionary Force BERKS Berkshire BERKS YEO Berkshire Yeomanry BG Brigadier General BGLR Bugler BHT Base Horse Transport BKY Bakery BL Breach Loading BLK Blacksmith BM Brigade Major or Barrack Master BN Battalion BNDSMN Bandsman BODR R Border Regiment BOMB Bombardier BOR British Other Rank BORD R Border Regiment BR Bombadier or Bugler BRC British Red Cross BRCS British Red Cross Society BRD Base Remount Depot BREV Brevet BRIG-GEN Brigadier-General BSD Base Signals Depot BSM Battery Sergeant-Major BT Brevet or Bayonet Training or Bridging Train or Bomb-Throwing BT COL Brevet Colonel BT INS Bomb-Throwing Instructor BT Lt-COL Brevet Lieutenant Colonel BUCKS YEO Buckinghamshire Yeomanry BW British War Medal BWM British War Medal BW & VM British War Medal and Victory Medal BWIR British West Indies Regiment BWM British War Medal C Corps or Cook CAMB R Cambrideshire Regiment CAMERONS Cameron Highlanders (The Queen's Own) CANC Cancelled CAPT Captain CAPT & ADJT Captain and Adjutant CAPT HON Captain The Honourable CARR Carrier CAV Cavalry CAV DIV Cavalry Division CAV SUPPLY COL Cavalry Supply Column CB Confined to Barracks or Counter-Battery CCD Commander of Coast Defences or Cavalry Command Depot CC Confined to Camp CCS Casualty Clearing Station CD Command Depot C de G Croix de Guerre CE Chief Engineer or Canadian Engineers CF Chaplin to the Forces CGS Chief of the General Staff in the Field CH Chiropodist CHA Commander Heavy Artillery CHES Cheshire CHES R Cheshire Regiment CHES YEO Cheshire Yeomanry CH MEC Chief Mechanic CIE Companion of the Indian Empire C-in-C Commander-in-Chief CIGS Chief of Imperial General Staff CGS Chief of General Staff CG Coldstream Guards C GUARDS Coldstream Guards CIV Civilian CL Class CLC Chinese Labour Corps CL & R CMG Companion of St.Michael and St.George CMP Corps of Military Police CO Commanding Officer or Company COE Church of England C of ARMRS Corps of Armourers C of AS Corps of Army Schoolmasters C of E Church of England or Court of Enquiry C of H Corporal of Horse or Corps of Hussars C of I Court of Inquiry C of L Corps of Lancers C of LOND YEO City of London Yeomanry C of M Controller of Mines C of MIL ACC Corps of Military Accountants COL Colonel or Colour COL SERGT Colour Sergeant COL SGT Colour Sergeant COL SJT Colour Serjeant COLN Column COMD Commanding COMDNG Commanding COMDR Commander COMDT Commandant COMM Commission or Commissioned COMMR Commander CONDR Conductor CO of LOND Y County of London Yeomanry CONV Convicted COY Company CPL Corporal CPL of H Corporal of Horse CPT Captain CQMS Company Quartermaster Sergeant CRA Commander Royal Artillery CRD Central Recruiting Depot CRE Commander Royal Engineers CRS Corps Rest Station CS Cold Shoer CSI Central School of Instruction CSI Companion of the Star of India C SGT Colour Sergeant CSM Company Sergeant Major CSP Corps Siege Park CT Communication Trench or Cart Train CTN MGR Canteen Manager CUOTC Cambridge University Officers' Training Corps CVO Commander of the Royal Victorian Order CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission cwt Hundredweight CYC Cyclist D Dragoons D of A Director of Artillery DAC Divisional Ammunition Column DADMS Deputy Assistant Director Medical Services DADOS Deputy Assitant Director Ordnance Services DADS Deputy Assistant Director of Supplies DADW Deputy Assistant Director of Works DAG Deputy Adjutant General DAH Disordered action of the heart DAP Divisional Ammunition Park DAQMG Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General DAU Daughter DCLI Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal DCM District Court-Martial DCO Draft Conducting Officer DDMS Deputy Director of Medical Services DDVS Deputy Directory of Veterinary Services DEC Divisional Engineer Commander DEMOB Demobilized DENBIGH YEO Denbighshire Yeomanry DEPT Department or Depot DERBY YEO Derbyshire Yeomanry DET Detachment DEVON R Devonshire Regiment DEVON YEO Devonshire Yeomanry DFC Distinguished Flying Cross D GDS Dragoon Guards DI Dangerously Ill DIGC Deputy Inspector General Communications DIL Dangerously Ill List DIS Discharged DISC Discharged DISC MU Discharged Medically Unfit DISC PU Discharged Physically Unfit DISEMBD Disembodied DIST District DIV Division DIV AMM PARK Divisional Ammunition Park DIVL Divisional DIV Supply Col Divisional Supply Column DG Dragoon Guards D.GDS Dragoon Guards DLO Yeomanry Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry DJAG Deputy Judge Advocate General DLR Director of Light Railways DMS Director of Medical Services DN Dragoon DNS Dragoons do Ditto also used " D of LANC O Y Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry DORSET R Dorsetshire Regiment DOS Director of Ordnance Services DOW Died of Wounds D POST Director of Postal Services DR Despatch Rider or Director of Remounts or Drummer DR Driver D REMOUNTS Director or Remounts DRF Depression Range Finder DRS Divisional Rest Station DRT Director of Railway Transport DS Dressing Station or Director of Supplies D SIGS Director of Army Signals DSM Distinguished Service Medal DSO Distinguished Service Order DST Director of Supplies DT Director of Transport DTC Donkey Transport Company DTH ACCPT Death Accepted DTLS Details (as in Base Details) DURH LI Durham Light Infantry Dur of War Duration of War DVR Driver DVS Director of Veterinary Services DW Director of Works DWR Duke of Wellington's Regiment DY Deputy EA East Africa or East African or Enemy Artillery E ARF MTC East African Motor Tansport Company EC Eastern Command ED Efficiency Decoration EDN Education EEF Egyptian Expeditionary Force EFC Expeditionary Force Canteen E KENT R The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) E LAN R East Lancashire Regiment ELC Egyptian Labour Corps ELIG Eligible EMBKD Embarked EMO Embarkation Medical Officer ENC Enclosed Eq Equerry to the King EST Establishment ER of YORK Y East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry ER Yeo East Riding Yeomanry ESSEX R Essex Regiment ESSEX YEO Essex Yeomanry E SURR R East Surrey Regiment ET Escort Trench et seq Latin (et sequens) and the following EX FCE CAN Expeditionary Forces Canteen EXTD Extracted E YORK R East Yorkshire Regiment FA Field Artillery or Field Ambulance or Father F AMB Field Ambulance FANY First Aid Nursing Yeomanry FAR Farrier FAR CPL Farrier Corporal FAR SGT Farrier Sergeant FAR SJT Farrier Serjeant FAU Friends Ambulance Unit F BKY Field Bakery FC Fire Commander or Fire Command F CO Field Company F COY Field Company FD Field FDS Forwards FGCM Field General Court Martial FH Field Hospital FIFE & FORFAR YEO Fire and Forfar Yeomanry F IMP Field Imprisonment FIRE COMD Fire Command FLC Fijian Labour Corps FM Field Marshal FMLY Foremerly FMN Foreman FO Field Officer FOO Forward Observation Officer FOP Forward Observation Post FP Field Punishment FPO Field Post Office fs Feet per second FS Field Service FSL Field Searchlight FSM Field Service Manual FSR Field Service Regulations FTP Forward Tractor Park FTR Fitter FTR CPL Fitter Corporal FTR SGT Fitter Sergeant FTR SJT Fitter Serjeant FUS Fusiliers FWD Four Wheel Drive FWDS Forwards FWM Forewoman G Groom GBD General Base Depot GC Gun Captain GCB Knight Grand Cross of Bath GCIE Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire GCM General Court-Martial GCMG Knight Grand Cross of St.Michael and St.George G COAST R Gold Coast Regiment GCSI Knight Commander of the Star of India GCVO Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GD Guard GGC Gun Group Commander G GDS Grenadier Guards GDS Guards GDS MG REGT Guards Machine Gun Regiment GEN General GG Grenadier Guards GH General Hospital GHQ General Headquarters GLAM YEO Glamorgan Yeomanry GLOUC Gloucestershire GLOUC R Gloucestershire Regiment GLOUC YEO Gloucestershire Yeomanry (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) GMC General Musketry Course GMP Garrison Military Police GN BN Garrison Battalion GNR Gunner GOC General Officer Commanding GORD Gordon Highlanders GORDONS Gordon Highlanders GR Gunner GRAD BN Graduated Battalion GRO General Routine Order GRU Graves Registration Unit GS General Staff or General Service GSW Gunshot Wound or General Service Wagon H Hotchkiss Gunner HA Heavy Artillery HAB Heavy Artillery Brigade HA BDE Heavy Atillery Brigade HAC Honourable Artillery Company HAG Heavy Artillery Group HAR Heavy Artillery Reserve HAMPS Hampshire HAMPS R Hampshire Regiment HAMPS YEO Hampshire Yeomanry HB Heavy Branch or Heavy Battery HBRGA Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery HD QRS Headquarters HE High Explosive or Horizontal Equivalent HERT Hertfordshire HERT R Hertfordshire Regiment HERTS YEO Hertfordshire Yeomanry HF Home Forces HIGD Highland HIGD BDE Highland Brigade HIGH CYC BN Highland Cyclist Battalion HLI Highland Light Infantry HON Honorary HON LIEUT & QM Honorary Lieutenant and Quartermaster HOSP Hospital HOWR Howitzer HOWS Howitzer hp Half Pay HQ Headquarters HR Hussar HRS Horse HS Hospital Ship or Home Service HT Horse Transport of Hired Transport HTC Horse Transport Company HUNTS CYC BN Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion HV High Velocity HVY Heavy IA Indian Army IB Infantry Brigade IBD Infantry Base Depot IC In Command i/c In charge of ICD Infantry Command Depot ICT Inflammation of the Connective Tissue IEF Indian Expeditionary Force IG Irish Guards IGC Inspector-General of Communications IGSM Indian General Service Medal I in G Instructor in Gunnery IMPERIAL MTD BDE Imperial Mounted Brigade IMP YEO Imperial Yeomanry IND Indian or India INDIV Individuals IND PEN Indian Pension INF Infantry INNIS Inniskilling Dragoon Guards INNS OR COURT R Inns of Court Regiment INSPR Inspector inst. Latin (instante mense) this month INSTR Instructor INT Interlligence INTELL C Intelligence Corps INTPR Interpreter IO Intelligence Officer I of C OTC Inns of Court Officers Training Corps IOR Indian Other Rank IR GDS Irish Guards ISO Companion of the Imperial Service Order issd - Issued ITF In the field IV Issue Voucher IW&D Inland Waterways and Docks IWGC Imperial War Graves Commission IWT Inland Water Transport JAG Judge Advocate General jd Joined KAR King's African Rifles KBS Kite Balloon Section (Royal Flying Corps) KCB Knight Commander of the Bath KCIE Knight Commander of the Indian Empire KCMG Knight Commander of St.Michael and St.George KE HSE King Edward's Horse KENT CYC BN Kent Cyclist Battalion KHC Hon. Chaplain to the King KHP Hon. Physician to the King KHS Hon. Surgeon to the King KIA Killed in Action KCVO Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KG Knight of the Garter KOSB King's Own Scottish Borderers KOYLI King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KP Knight of St. Patrick KR King's Regulations KRRC King's Royal Rifle Corps K R RIF C King's Royal Rifle Corps KSLI King's Shropshire Light Infantry KT Knight of the Thistle L Lewis Gunner LAB Light Armoured Battery LAB CORPS Labour Corps LACB Light Armoured Car Battery/Brigade LAMB Light Armoured Motor Battery LAN Lancashire LANARK YEO Lanarkshire Yeomanry LAN FUS Lancashire Fusiliers LAN HRS Lancashire Hussars L Lancers or Lance (Lance Corporal) L & B Horse Lothian and Border Horse Yeomanry LCP Light Car Patrol L/CPL Lance Corporal L of C Lines of Communication LD Light Duty LDCCS Lowland Division Casualty Clearing Station LDG MECH Leading Mechanic LE Left eye LEIC Leicester LEIC R Leicestershire Regiment LEIC YEO Leicester Yeomanry LEINS Leinster LEINS R Leinster Regiment LF Lancashire Fusiliers or Left Flank LG Life Guards or Lewis Gun or London Gazette L GDS Life Guards LI Light Infantry LIEUT Lieutenant LINC Lincolnshire LINC R Lincolnshire Regiment LINC YEO Lincolnshire Yeomanry LM Leading Mechanic L N LAN R Loyal North Lancashire Regiment LO Liasion Officer L of C Line of Communication LON R The London Regiment LOTH & BODR H Lothian and Border Horse Yeomanry LOVATS SCTS Lovat's Scouts LP Listening Post L POOL R The King's (Liverpool Regiment) LR Local Reserve or Lancer LRS Lancers L-SJT Lance-Serjeant LT Lieutenant or Light LT COL Lieutenant Colonel LT GEN Lieutenant General LTM Light Trench Mortar lv Leave M Maxim Gunner MAC Motor Ambulance Convoy MAD Military Accounts Department M A DEPT Military Accounts Department MAJOR HON Major The Honourable MALTESE L C Maltese Labour Corps MANCH R Manchester Regiment MB Medical Board or Medicinae Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Medicine) mc Medical Certificate MC Military Cross MD Medicinae Doctor (Latin for Doctor of Medicine) MDS Main Dressing Station MECH Mechanical MECH TRANS Mechanical Transport MED Medical MEF Mediterranean Expeditionary Force MER SERV Meritorious Service MESPOT Mesopotamia MFA Merchant Fleet Auxiliary MFE Manual of Field Engineering MFP Military Foot Police MG Machine Gun MGB Machine Gun Battalion MGC Machine Gun Corps MGS Machine Gun School MG SQDN Machine Gun Squadron MIA Missing in Action MID Mentioned in Dispatches MIDDX R Middlesex Regiment MFE Manual of Field Engineering ML Muzzle Loader MLO Military Landing Officer MM Military Medal MMGC Motor Machine Gun Corps MMP Military Mounted Police MMR Mercantile Marine Reserve MN Mountain MN ARTY Mountain Artillery MN ARTY BDE Mountain Artillery Brigade MO Medical Officer MONMOUTH R Monmouthshire Regiment MONTGOM YEO Montgomeryshire Yeomanry MOTOR AMB COY Motor Ambulance Column MOP Ministry of Pensions MP Military Police MPD Missing Preseumed Dead mph Miles per Hour MRU Mobile Repair Unit MSB Military Secretary's Branch MSM Meritous Service Medal MT Mechanical Transport or Motor Transport MTD Mounted or Motor Transport Depot MU Medically Unfit MUS Musician mv Muzzle Velocity MVO Member 4th or 5th Class of the Royal Victorian Order NACB Navy and Army Canteen Board NC Northern Command NCC Non-Combatant Corps NC DEPOT Northern Command Depot NCO Non-Commissioned Officer N CYC BN Northern Cyclist Battalion NIG R Nigerian Regiment N IR H North Irish Horse NF Northumberland Fusiliers NO Number NO CAV DEPOT Northern Cavalry Depot NOM ROLL Nominal Roll NOR Norfolk NOR R Norfolk Regiment NORF YEO Norfolk Yeomanry NORTHD Northumberland NORTH D YEO Northumberland Yeomanry NORTHN R Northamptonshire Regiment NORTHN YEO Northamptonshire Yeomanry NOTT Nottinghamshire NOTTS & DERBY Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment) N SOM YEO North Somerset Yeomanry N STAFF R North Staffordshire Regiment NWF North West Frontier NZEF New Zealand Expeditionary Force o Passed Ordnance Course OB Operations Branch OC Officer Cadet or Officer Commanding OCB Officer Cadet Battalion ODH Organic Disease of the Heart OFFR Officer OM Member of the Order of Merit OO Ordnance Officer OOR Ordnance Officer OP Observation Post OR Other Rank ORD Ordnance ORG Original ORS Orderely Room Sergeant OS Ordnance Services O ST J Order of St John O ST J J Order of St John of Jerusalem OTC Officers' Training Corps OXF & BUCKS LI Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry OXF YEO Oxfordshire Yeomanry pa Private Affairs (a reason for leave) pac Passed the final examination of the Advanced Class Ordnance College PARA Paragraph PC Principal Chaplain or Protection Company PD Petrol Depot PEMBROKE YEO Pembroke Yeomanry PK Park PL Platoon P&L Packers and Loaders PM Permanent Base PM Provost Marshal PMO Principal Medical Officer PMR Paymaster PNR Pioneer PNTN Pontoon PO Post Office or Political Officer PONT PK Pontoon Park POST SEC Postal Section POW Prisoner of War Priv affs Private Affiars (a reason for leave) PROF Professor PROM Promoted prov Provisional PROV BN Provisional Battalion PROVOST SERGT Provost Sergeant PROX - Proximmo (Latin for next month) PS Public Schools Prefix or Provost Sergeant or Pioneer School psc Passed Staff College PTE Private PU Permanently Unfit PUO Pyrexia of Unknown Origin PVO Principal Veterinary Officer PW Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion (Pay Warrant) QAIMNS Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service QAIMNSR Queen Alexander's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve QAIMNSI Queen Alexander's Imperial Military Service India QF Quick Firing QMAAC Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps QMG Quartermaster General QMS Quartermaster Sergeant QM SGT Quartermaster Sergeant QM SJT Quatermater Serjeant QOR Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry QOR GLASGOW Y Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry Q O YORKS DNS Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons Qr Quartermaster Qr Mr Quartermaster qs Qualified for Staff QSM Queen's South Africa Medal QUEENS SR Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment R Regiment or Royal RA Royal Artillery RAC Royal Automobile Club RAF Royal Air Force RAMC Royal Army Medical Corps RAOC Royal Army Ordnance Corps RAP Regimental Aid Post RATA Royal Army Temperance Association RB Rifle Brigade or Rifle Bomber R BERKS R Royal Berkshire Regiment RCM Regimental Court Martial RC of S Royal Corps of Signals RDC Royal Defence Corps RDF Royal Dublin Fusiliers RDMSTR Roadmaster R DUB FUS Royal Dublin Fusiliers RE Royal Engineers or Right Eye REF Reference REG Regiment REG SGT MAJ Regimental Sergeant Major REG SJT MAJ Regimental Serjeant Major REGT Regiment REGTL Regimental REINF Reinforcing (as in Reinforcing Depot) R E KENT YEO Royal East Kent Yeomanry REMT DEPT Remount Department RES Reserve RES BN Reserve Battalion RES CAV Reserve Regiment of Cavalry RES LIST Reserve List RESUB Resubmitted RETC Royal Engineers Training Centre RETD Returned REV Reverand RF Reperesentative Fraction or Right Flank R & F Rank and File RFA Royal Field Artillery RFC Royal Flying Corps rfp Retired on Full Pay R FUS Royal Fusiliers RGA Royal Garrison Artillery RGT Regiment R GUERNSEY ART Royal Guernsey Artillery R GUERNSEY LI Royal Guernsey Light Infantry RH Railhead RHA Royal Horse Artillery or Reserve Heavy Artillery RHG Royal Horse Guards R HIGHRS Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) RIF Rifles RIF BRIG Rifle Brigade RIM Royal Indian Marine R INNIS FUS Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers R IR FUS Royal Irish Fusiliers R IR REGT Royal Irish Regiment R JERSEY ART Royal JERSEY Artillery R LANC R The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) RM Royal Marines or Riding Master RMA Royal Marine Artillery or Royal Military Academy Woolwich RMLC Royal Marine Labour Corps RMLI Royal Marine Light Artillery RMO Regimental Medical Officer R MUN FUS Royal Munster Fusiliers RN Royal Navy RNAS Royal Naval Air Service RND Royal Naval Division RNR Royal Naval Reserve RNVR Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve R of O Roll of Officers or Reserve of Officers RP Regimental Police or Regimental Pioneer RRC Royal Red Cross R RDR Rough Rider RR of Cav Reserve Regiment of Cavalry RR DNS Reserve Regiment of Dragoons RR LNCRS Reserve Regiment of Lancers RS Royal Scots R SC FUS Royal Scots Fusiliers R S FUS Royal Scots Fusiliers RSM Regimental Sergeant Major R SUSS R Royal Sussex Regiment RT HON Right Honourable RTC Reserve Training Centre RTO Railway Transport Officer RTU Returned to Unit RW Royal Warrant R WAR R Royal Warwickshire Regiment R W FUS Royal Welsh Fusiliers R W KENT R The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment R WILTS YEO Royal Wiltshre Yeomanry RY Railway RYS Railways S1 Signaller (1st Class) S2 Signaller (2nd Class) SA Siege Artillery or South Africa SAA Small Arms Ammunition SAAC Small Arms Ammunition Column SAO Special Army Order SAPR Sapper SARB Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade SAS Small Arms School SASD Siege Artillery Signalling Depot SB Stretcher Bearer SBR Small Box Respirator SC Staff Captain or Southern Command SCD Scottish Cavalry Depot (Dunbar) SC Depot Southern Command Depot SCH of MUSK School of Musketry Hythe SCO H Scottish Horse SCO RIF The Cameronians Scottish Rifles SCTS Scouts SD Staff Duties or Supply Depot Sd Signed SDASC Supply Depot Army Service Corps SE Specially Enlisted SEAFORTH Seaforth Highlanders SEC Section SEC. A Section A Army Reserve SECT Section SECY Secretary S GDS Scots Guards SGT Sergeant SH Stationary Hospital SHER RANG Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) SHROPS Shropshire SHROPS YEO Shropshire Yeomanry SH SM Shoeing Smith SIG Signal SIG SEC A Signal Section Airline SIG SEC C Signal Section Cable SIG SEC D Signal Company with Division SIG SEC W Signal Section Wireless SIG O Signalling Officer SIG SQN Signal Squadron SIG TP Signal Troop S IR H South Irish Horse SIW Self-Inflicted Wound SJT Serjeant S LAN R South Lancashire Regiment SM Sergeant-Major or Shoemaker S&M Sappers and Miners SMLE Short Magazine Lee-Enfield SMD South Midland Division SMO Senior Medical Officer S NOTTS HRD South Nottinghamshire Hussars S NURSE Staff Nurse SO Staff Officer or Southern SO CAV DEPOT Southern Cavarly Depot SOM Somerset SOM LI Somerset Light Infantry SOP Staff Officer of Pensioners SOS Struck of Strength or distress signal SOTON Southampton SP Strongpoint SPR Sapper SP RES Special Reserve SQN Squadron SQ QM CPL Squadron Quartermaster Corporal SQ QM SGT Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant SQ QM SJT Squadron Quartermaster Serjeant SR Special Reserve SS Shoeing Smith SSM Squadron Sergeant Major SSO Staff Station Officer S STAFF R South Staffordshire Regiment S STH Shoeing Smith S&T Supply and Transport STAFF Staffordshire STAFF YEO Staffordshire Yeomanry STAT HOSP Stationary Hospital STPR Storekeeper SUB CONDR Sub-Conductor SUFF Suffolk SUFF R Suffolk Regiment SUFF YEO Suffolk Yeomanry SUP COY Supernumerary Compnay SUPP Supplementary SUP O Supply Officer SURG Surgeon SURR Surry SURR YEO Surrey Yeomanry SUSS Sussex SUSS YEO Sussex Yeomanry S WAR BADGE Silver War Badge SWB Silver War Badge S WALES BORD South Wales Borderers SWMB South Western Mounted Brigade T Territorial or Transport TB Tuberculosis or Temporary Base TC Tank Corps or Tigris Corps TD Territorial Decoration or Transport Driver TE Time Expired TEL Telegraphs TF Territorial Force TFEM Territorial Force Efficiency Medal TF REGS Territorial Force Regulations TFWM Territorial Force War Medal TM Trench Mortar TMB Trench Mortar Battery or Travelling Medical Board TO Transport Officer TOC Taken on Charge T of E Termination of Engagement T of W Theatre of War TOS Taken on Strength TP Troop TPR Trooper TRF Act The Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907 TR Training Reserve or Trumpeter TRANS Transferred TRB Training Reserve Brigade T. RES Territorial Reserve TS Troop Ship T&S Transport and Supply TSM Troop Sergeant Major TW Transport Workers ufp On Unemployed Full Pay List UO Under Orders UOTC University Officers Training Corps USF United Services Fund usl On Unemployed Supernumerary List V Vickers Gunner VAD Voluntary Aid Detachment VC Victoria Cross VD Venereal Disease or Volunteer Officers' Decoration VET Veterinary VH Veterinary Hospital VI Vertical Interval vice In place of VM Victory Medal VO Veterinary Officer VOL Volunteer VTC Volunteer Training Corps WAC Welsh Army Corps W AFR R West African Regiment WAGNR Wagoner wARWICK YEO Warwickshire Yeomanry WC Western Command WD War Department WE War Establishment WELSH H Welsh Horse Yeomanry WELSH R Welsh Regiment WEST CAV DEPOT Western Cavalry Depot WEST & CUMB Y Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry WG CAPT Wing Captain WG CDR Wing Commander W GDS Welsh Guards WGNR Waggoner WHELR Wheeler WHLR Wheeler WIA Wounded in Action WILTS R Wiltshire Regiment WIR West India Regiment W KENT YEO Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry WKR Worker WKSHP Workshop W KENT YEO West Kent Yeomanry WO War Office or Warrant Officer WO CL 1 Warrant Officer Class 1 WOL War Office List WORC Worcestershire WORC R Worcestershire Regiment WORC YEO Worcestershire Yeomanry WRDRS West Riding Divisional Rest Station W RID R The Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment WS War Service W SOM YEO West Somerset Yeomanry WT Wireless Telegraphy W YORK R West Yorkshire Regiment YEO Yeomanry YEO MTD DVN Yeomanry Mounted Division Y-FMN Yard Foreman Y & L York and Lancashire Regiment YMCA Young Men's Christian Association YOC Young Officer's Company YORK Yorkshire YORK DNS Yorkshire Dragoons YORK HRS Yorkshire Hussars YORK R Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howard's) YS Young Soldier ZMC Zion Mule Corps