|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.|
|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.”|
|8th N.Z. Brigade Group||8 Bde. Gp.|
|29th (Mixed) Battalion||29 Bn.|
|30th (Mixed) Battalion||30 Bn|
|21st (N.Z.) Mechanical Equipment Company, N.Z.E.||21 M. Eq. Coy.|
|36th (N.Z.) Survey Battery||36 Svy. Bty.|
|14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, N.Z.A.||14 Lt. A.A. Regt.|
|N.Z. Army Nursing Service||N.Z.A.N.S.|
|Women’s War Service Auxilliary||W.W.S.A.|
|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.|
|Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, N.Z.A.||Hvy. A/A.|
|Anti-Aircraft Regiment, N.Z.A.||A/A|
|Nothing, but see above.|
|3rd N.Z. Division||3 Div.|
|Army Tank Brigade||A. Tk. Bde.|
|4th Armoured Brigade||4th Armd. Bde.|
|Army Educational Welfare Service||A.E.W.S.|
|Electrical Mechanical Equipment||E.M.E.|
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.
The higher ranks shown below do not feature.
Major General (MAJGEN)
Lieutenant General (LTGEN).
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).
Note: Bandsman is (Bdsm).
Some other abbreviations you may come across, if not on this site then elsewhere in the course of your research:
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.