Abbreviations

A number of abbreviations are used both within the website and in general when researching or reading about the Great War. Here are some of the most common ones:-

ADBD     Australian Divisional Base Depot

AFA         Australian Field Artillery or Australian Field Ambulance

AIF          Australian Imperial Force

ANZAC   Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

AWL        Absent Without Leave

AWM      Australian War Memorial

BEF         British Expeditionary Force

CCS         Casualty Clearing Station

CEF         Canadian Expeditionary Force

Cpl          Corporal

CWGC    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

DCM       Distinguished Conduct Medal

DCM       District Court Martial

DSO        Distinguished Service Order

EEF         Egypt Expeditionary Force

FGCM     Field General Court Martial

FP            Field Punishment

GSW       Gunshot Wound

HQ          Headquarters

HS           Hospital Ship

IWM       Imperial War Museum

JOT         Jumping-Off Trench

L/Cpl      Lance Corporal

MC          Military Cross

MEF       Mediterranean Expeditionary Force

MM        Military Medal

MSM      Meritorious Service Medal

NAA       National Archives of Australia

NCO       Non-commissioned Officer

OG1/2   Old German Lines 1 & 2 (Pozieres & Bullecourt)

POW      Prisoner of War

Pte          Private

RAFA     Royal Australian Field Artillery

RAGA    Royal Australian Garrison Artillery

RFA       Royal Field Artillery

RGA       Royal Garrison Artillery

Sgt         Sergeant

TOS       Taken on Strength

VAD      Voluntary Aid Detachment

VC         Victoria Cross

WFA     Western Front Association

 

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