Formations, Units, Corps & Ranks

 

 

2nd N.Z.E.F.

Authorized Abbreviated Titles of
Formations, Units and Corps for
use in New Zealand
Full Titles Abbreviated titles*
   
   
2nd N.Z. Division 2 Div.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Cavalry Regiment 2 Div. Cav.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Artillery 2 Div. Arty.
   
4th Field Regiment, N.Z. Artillery 4 Fd. Regt.
  25th Battery 25 Fd. Bty.
  26th Battery 26 Fd. Bty.
   
5th Field Regiment, N.Z. Artillery 5 Fd. Regt.
  27th Battery 27 Fd. Bty.
  28th Battery 28 Fd. Bty.
   
6th Field Regiment, N.Z. Artillery 6 Fd. Regt.
  29th Battery 29 Fd. Bty.
  30th Battery 30 Fd. Bty.
7th Anti-Tank Regiment, N.Z. Artillery 7 A.Tk. Regt.
  31st Battery 31 A.Tk. Bty.
  32nd Battery 32 A.Tk. Bty.
  33rd Battery 33 A.Tk. Bty.
  34th Battery 34 A.Tk. Bty.
   
2nd N.Z. Divisional Engineers 2 Div. N.Z.E.
   
5th Field Park Company, N.Z. Engineers 5 Fd. Park Coy.
6th Field Company, N.Z. Engineers 6 Fd. Coy.
7th Field Company, N.Z. Engineers 7 Fd. Coy.
8th Field Company, N.Z. Engineers 8 Fd. Coy.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Signals 2 Div. Sigs.
   
4th N.Z. Infantry Brigade 4 Inf. Bde.
  18th (Auckland) Battalion 18 Auck.
  19th (Wellington) Battalion 19 Wn.
  20th (Canterbury & Otago) Battalion 20 Canto.
  4th Anti-Tank Company 4 A Tk. Coy.
5th N.Z. Infantry Brigade 5 Inf. Bde.
  21st (Auckland) Battalion 21 Auck.
  22nd (Wellington) Battalion 22 Wn.
  23rd (Canterbury & Otago) Battalion 23 Canto.
  5th Anti-Tank Company 5 A Tk. Coy.
   
6th N.Z. Infantry Brigade 6 Inf. Bde.
  24th (Auckland) Battalion 24 Auck.
  25th (Wellington) Battalion 25 Wn.
  26th (Canterbury & Otago) Battalion 26 Canto.
  6th Anti-Tank Company 6 A Tk. Coy.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Army Service Corps 2 Div. A.S.C.
  2nd N.Z. Divisional Ammunition Company, N.Z.A.S.C. 2 Div. Amn. Coy.
  2nd N.Z. Divisional Petrol Company, N.Z.A.S.C. 2 Div. Pet. Coy.
  2nd N.Z. Divisional Supply Column, N.Z.A.S.C. 2 Div. Sup. Coln.
4th Field Ambulance, N.Z.M.C. 4 Fd. Amb.
5th Field Ambulance, N.Z.M.C. 5 Fd. Amb.
6th Field Ambulance, N.Z.M.C. 6 Fd. Amb.
4th Field Hygiene Section, N.Z.M.C. 4 Fd. Hyg. Sec.
2nd N.Z. Provost Company, Corps of N.Z. Military Police 2 Pro. Coy.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Intelligence Section, N.Z. Intelligence Corps. 2 Div. Int. Sec.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Postal Unit, N.Z. Engineers 2 Div. Postal Unit
2nd N.Z. Divisional Employment Platoon 2 Div. Emp. Pl.
2nd N.Z. Divisional Bath Unit 2 Div. Bath. Unit
2nd N.Z. Divisional Mobile Dental Section, N.Z.D.C. 2 Div. Mob. Dent. Sec.
   
   
Non-Divisional Units
H.Q. 2nd N.Z. Expeditionary Force Base N.Z.E.F. Base
   
Railway Construction and Maintenance Group, N.Z.E. Ry. C and M. Gp.
  9th (N.Z.) Railway Survey Company, N.Z.E. 9 Ry. Svy. Coy.
  12th (N.Z.) Railway Survey Company, N.Z.E. 12 Ry. Svy. Coy.
  10th (N.Z.) Railway Survey Company, N.Z.E. 10 Ry. Svy. Coy.
  13th (N.Z.) Railway Survey Company, N.Z.E. 13 Ry. Svy. Coy.
  11th (N.Z.) Forestry Company, N.Z.E. 11 For. Coy.
  14th (N.Z.) Forestry Company, N.Z.E. 14 For. Coy.
  15th (N.Z.) Forestry Company, N.Z.E. 15 For. Coy.
  16th (N.Z.) Railway Operating Company, N.Z.E. 16 Ry. Op. Coy.
  17th (N.Z.) Railway Operating Company, N.Z.E. 17 Ry. Op. Coy.
   
18th (N.Z.) Army Troops Company, N.Z.E. 18 A Tps. Coy.
19th (N.Z.) Army Troops Company, N.Z.E. 19 A Tps. Coy.
   
27th (Machine Gun) Battalion 27 M.G.
28th Maori Battalion 28 Maori
4th Reserve Mechanical Transport Compant, N.Z.A.S.C. 4 Res. M.T. Coy.
   
9th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 9 L.A.D.
10th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 10 L.A.D.
11th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 11 L.A.D.
12th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 12 L.A.D.
13th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 13 L.A.D.
14th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 14 L.A.D.
15th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 15 L.A.D.
16th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 16 L.A.D.
17th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 17 L.A.D.
18th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 18 L.A.D.
19th Light Aid Detachment, N.Z.O.C. 19 L.A.D.
   
2nd N.Z.E.F. Discharge Depot Disch. Depot.
N.Z. Base Pay Office, N.Z.A.P.C. Base Pay Office
N.Z. Base Post Office, N.Z.E. Base P.O.
   
No 1 N.Z. General Hospital, N.Z.M.C. 1 Gen. Hosp.
No 2 N.Z. General Hospital, N.Z.M.C. 2 Gen. Hosp.
No 3 N.Z. General Hospital, N.Z.M.C. 3 Gen. Hosp.
No 1. N.Z. Convalescent Depot, N.Z.M.C. 1 Con. Depot.
   
* When it is desired to refer specifically to the H.Q. of a formation  
or unit, the abbreviation will be preceded by the letters “H.Q.”., i.e.
“H.Q. 4 Inf. Bde.”  
   
Additions:  
   
Roll 3:  
   
8th N.Z. Brigade Group 8 Bde. Gp.
  29th (Mixed) Battalion 29 Bn.
  30th (Mixed) Battalion 30 Bn
   
   
Non-Divisional Units  
   
21st (N.Z.) Mechanical Equipment Company, N.Z.E. 21 M. Eq. Coy.
36th (N.Z.) Survey Battery 36 Svy. Bty.
   
   
Roll 4:  
   
14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, N.Z.A. 14 Lt. A.A. Regt.
   
   
Roll 5:  
   
None  
   
   
Roll 6:  
   
N.Z. Army Nursing Service N.Z.A.N.S.
   
Women’s War Service Auxilliary W.W.S.A.
   
   
Roll 7:  
   
8th N.Z. Brigade Group 8 Bde. Gp.
  34th (Mixed) Battalion 34 Bn.
  35th (Mixed) Battalion 35 Bn.
  36th (Mixed) Battalion 36 Bn.
  37th (Mixed) Battalion 37 Bn.
   
14th Brigade Headquarters H.Q. 14 Bde.
   
   
Roll 8:  
   
Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, N.Z.A. Hvy. A/A.
Anti-Aircraft Regiment, N.Z.A. A/A
   
   
Roll 9:  
   
Nothing, but see above.  
   
   
Roll 10:  
   
3rd N.Z. Division 3 Div.
Army Tank Brigade A. Tk. Bde.
4th Armoured Brigade 4th Armd. Bde.
   
   
Roll 11:  
   
Army Educational Welfare Service A.E.W.S.
Electrical Mechanical Equipment E.M.E.
   
   
Roll 12:  
   
None.  
   
   
Roll 13:  
   
None.  
   
Roll 14:  
   
None.  
   
Roll 15:  
   
None.  
   
Roll 16:  
   
None.  
   
Lieutenant Colonel F W Voelcker, MC. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-00187-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22803112 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Lieutenant Colonel F W Voelcker, MC. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-00187-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22803112
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

The following are the ranks which you may come across on the spreadsheet, designated by these or similar abbreviations. The letters ‘A’ or ‘T’ in front of a rank denote ‘Acting’ or ‘Temporary’, e.g. A/Cpl or T/Bdr.’

Private (PTE) or Pte.  Trade-related terms are interchanged with the rank of Private  for army soldiers. These are: Gunner (GNR), Gnr, Trooper (TPR), Tpr, Sapper (SPR), Spr, Signaller (SIG)or Sgmn, Driver (DVR), or Dvr.

Lance Corporal (LCPL), L.Cpl, L/Cpl, or LCpl.  Army personnel in artillery units use the rank Lance Bombardier (LBDR), or L/Bdr, in place of Lance Corporal.

Corporal (CPL), Corp, or Cpl.  Army personnel in artillery units use the rank Bombardier (BDR), 0r Bdr, in place of Corporal. A Lance Sergeant (LSGT), or L/Sgt was a Corporal acting in the role of Sergeant.

Sergeant (SGT), or Sgt.

Staff Sergeant (SSGT), or S/Sgt.

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2), or WOII. While RSM’s (Regimental Sergeant Majors) are WO1, CSM’s (Company Sergeant Majors) and BSM’s (Battery Sergeant Majors in the Artillery) are WO2.

Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1). The Sergeant Major of the Army (SM of A) is a WO1, whereas Sergeant Majors at unit level are WO2. Army RSM’s (Regimental Sergeant Majors) are also WO1.

Company Quartermaster Sergeant Major (CQSM).  An appointment held by a Warrant Officer. The CQSM is in charge of supplies and is deputy to the CSM.

Officer Cadet (OCDT). Used only for the purposes of training.

Second Lieutenant (2LT), or 2L/t, or 2Lt.

Lieutenant (LT), or Lt., or Lieut.

Captain (CAPT), or Cap., or Capt.

Major (MAJ), or Mjr.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL), or Lt. Col.

Colonel (COL).

Brigadier (BRIG).

The higher ranks shown below do not feature.

Major General (MAJGEN)

Lieutenant General (LTGEN).

(General) (GEN).

(Field Marshal).

The following ranks are also to be found with regards members of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service.

Charge Sister (C/Sister).

Staff Nurse (S/Nurse).

Sister (Sister).

Note: Bandsman is (Bdsm).

Some other abbreviations you may come across, if not on this site then elsewhere in the course of your research:

Bringmann, K (Dr) fl 1941. German troops, Maleme, Crete, World War 1939-1945. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-11983. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23089593 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Bringmann, K (Dr) fl 1941. German troops, Maleme, Crete, World War 1939-1945. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-11983. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23089593
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

A/ Acting; A/A Anti Aircraft; A/T Anti Tank; ASC Army Service Corps; BCOF British Commonwealth Occupational Force; Bde Brigade; Bn/Btn/Batt Battalion; Bty Battery; CMF Central Mediterranean Force; CO Commanding Officer; Comp Coy Composite Company; Div Division; Div Cav Divisional Cavalry; DOD Died of Disease; DOW Died of Wounds/Duration of War/ Divisional Ordnance Workshops; DSO Distinguished Service Order; E Engineers; Ech Echelon; Emb/Embn Embarkation; Engr Engineer; Fd Amb Field Ambulance; Fd Coy Field Company; Fd Wksps Field Workshops; HQ Headquarters; Inf Infantry; LAD Light Aid Detachment; LRDG Long Range Desert Group; Lt A/A Light Anti-Aircraft; Mac Motor Ambulance Convoy; MDS Mobile Dental Section/Main Dressing Station; MEC Mechanical Equipment Company; MEF Middle East Force; MG Machine Gun; MID Mentioned in Despatches; MSU Mobile Surgical Unit; MT Mechanical Transport; NCO Non-Commissioned Officer; NZASC NZ Army Service Corps; NZE NZ Engineers, NZEF New Zealand Expeditionary Force; NZFA NZ Field Artillery; NZGH NZ General Hospital; NZMC NZ Medical Corps; NZOC NZ Ordnance Corps; NZPS NZ Permanent Staff; NZRB NZ Rifle Brigade; NZRD NZ Reinforcement Depot; NZSC NZ Staff Corps; OC Officer Commanding; OCTU Officer Cadet Training Unit; Pet Coy Petrol Company; POW Prisoner of War; Ptn/Pl Platoon; Regt/Rgt Regiment; Reinf/Reinfts Reinforcement/s; Res Reserve; Rft Reinforcement; RMT Reserve Mechanical Transport; Sup Coln Supply Column; T/ Temporary; Tp Troop; Trg Training; Trg Coy Training Company; TS Troop Ship; VAD Voluntary Aid Detachment; WAAC Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, WWSA Women’s War Service Auxiliary.

Courtesy of New Zealand Defence Force  where you will find an even more comprehensive list.

2 Responses to Formations, Units, Corps & Ranks

  1. I am the daughter of Colin Moore Wilson, 30949, whose rank on the downloaded spreadsheet shows at exit of service to be Sgt. He was Sgt when he was awarded the British Empire Medal, but went on to become the rank of WO2 at exit of service. I would appreciate that this correction be made to the spreadsheet.
    Thank you Dale for your devotion to this project. I’m very proud of my father’s service in WW2.

    • emytopi1 says:

      Hello Beatrice.

      Thank you. It is heartening to receive such feedback – and yes, you certainly have good reason to be very proud of your father and his service.

      I was unaware he had been awarded the BEM, so I have added that over in the ‘Details’ column.

      I have left the rank of Sgt where it has been entered as that column shows the rank on embarkation, but over in the ‘Last Known Rank’ column I have shown his rank as WO2. The amended spreadsheet will be uploaded shortly.

      An email is also on it’s way to you confirming that I have replied to your post.

      Thanks again ..

      Cheers

      Dale

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