List of Ranks

Explanation of Ranks

Abr.FullAddress Explanation Deaths Rank Badge
ABAble Seaman44 AB
AgentAgent5 Agent
AirMecAir Mechanic79 AirMec
AmnAirman17 Amn
BandSgtBand Sergeant3 BandSgt
BandboyBandboy1 Bandboy
BattQMSBattery Quarter Master Sergeant2 BattQMS
BSMBattery Sergeant Major7 BSM
BlacksmithBlacksmith1 Blacksmith
BomWheelBombardier Wheeler8 BomWheel
CarpenterCarpenter2 Carpenter
CavCavalier2 Cav
CheckerChecker2 Checker
CivClerkCivilian Clerk7 CivClerk
CivCookCivilian Cook1 CivCook
CivDriveCivilian Driver3 CivDrive
CivEngCivilian Engineer2 CivEng
CivEngineDriveCivilian Engine Driver4 CivEngineDrive
CivFireCivilian Fireman4 CivFire
CivFitCivilian Fitter1 CivFit
CivCheckCivilian Checker1 CivCheck
CivLabCivilian Labourer1 CivLab
CivLineCivilian Linesman1 CivLine
CivLocDrvCivilian Locomotive Driver1 CivLocDrv
CivNumTakeCivilian Number Taker1 CivNumTake
CivServCivilian Servant1 CivServ
CivShuntCivilian Shunter1 CivShunt
CivSigFightCivilian Signal Fighter0 CivSigFight
CivSigCivilian Signaller2 CivSig
CivTelInspCivilian Tele Inspector1 CivTelInsp
CivTicExamCivilian Ticket Examiner1 CivTicExam
CivVetSurgCivilian Veterinary Surgeon3 CivVetSurg
CivVolCivilian Volunteer1 CivVol
CplBuglerCorporal Bugler1 CplBugler
CplFarCorporal Farrier6 CplFar
CplShoeCorporal Shoesmith3 CplShoe
CyclistCyclist2 Cyclist
DomesticDomestic1 Domestic
DresserDresser2 Dresser
DrillSgtDrill Sergeant1 DrillSgt
DriveFarDriveer Farrier2 DriveFar
DriveGunDriver Gunner5 DriveGun
DriveWheelDriver Wheeler1 DriveWheel
DrumLCplDrum Lance Corporal2 DrumLCpl
DrumMajDrum Major1 DrumMaj
DrumSgtSergeant Drummer5 DrumSgt
EngDriveEngine Driver1 EngDrive
EngineerEngineer1 Engineer
F-SgtFlight Sgt36 F-Sgt
FarrierFarrier4 Farrier
FarMajFarrier Major2 FarMaj
FdctField Cornet114 Fdct
FiremanFireman4 Fireman
FitterFitter3 Fitter
ForemanForeman2 Foreman
GangGanger6 Gang
GnrGunner611 Gnr
GoalerGoaler1 Goaler
GroomGroom1 Groom
GuardGuard3 Guard
HdKrooHead Krooman

Krooman \Kroo"man\ (kr[=oo]"man), n.; pl. {Kroomen} (-men). One of a negro tribe of Liberia and the adjacent coast, whose members are much employed on shipboard.]

The Kroo were (are?) a tribe from the Kroo area of Liberia and the adjacent coast who had been regularly employed by the Royal Navy onboard ship for a considerable period pre-WW1. The term Krooman denoted both a member of the tribe and was also used as an official rank by the RN (krooman, head krooman etc.). It was common for the RN to use local labour on various stations around the world to supplement the regular ships complement - another example would be a Seedie on the Singapore Station. They were entitled to medals although frequently missed out on their awards due to their transient status (they couldn't be employed on continuous service, but had to keep signing up onto a new vessel each time a ship paid off - much like the old RN system). See 1

HdKroo
IntDepIntelligence Department1 IntDep
KavKavileerAfrikaans for Tpr - Trooper7 Kav
KomGenKommandant General1 KomGen
KroomanKrooman

Krooman \Kroo"man\ (kr[=oo]"man), n.; pl. {Kroomen} (-men). One of a negro tribe of Liberia and the adjacent coast, whose members are much employed on shipboard.]

The Kroo were (are?) a tribe from the Kroo area of Liberia and the adjacent coast who had been regularly employed by the Royal Navy onboard ship for a considerable period pre-WW1. The term Krooman denoted both a member of the tribe and was also used as an official rank by the RN (krooman, head krooman etc.). It was common for the RN to use local labour on various stations around the world to supplement the regular ships complement - another example would be a Seedie on the Singapore Station. They were entitled to medals although frequently missed out on their awards due to their transient status (they couldn't be employed on continuous service, but had to keep signing up onto a new vessel each time a ship paid off - much like the old RN system). See 10

Krooman
L-BomLance Bombadier8 L-Bom
LeaderLeader5 Leader
LeadStokeLeading Stoker1 LeadStoke
LinesmanLinesman4 Linesman
LsLeading Seaman6 Ls
LtCmdrLieutenant Commander2 LtCmdr
MessengerMessenger1 Messenger
MidshipmanMidshipman4 Midshipman
NativeNative2 Native
NatSctNative Scout4 NatSct
ORSgtOrderly Room Segeant1 ORSgt
PainterPainter1 Painter
PaymasterPaymaster1 Paymaster
PioneerPioneer4 Pioneer
PiperPiper1 Piper
POPetty Officer22 PO
PvtDrumPrivate Drummer4 PvtDrum
ProfessorProfessor1 Professor
PtePrivate11220 Pte
QMQuarter Master3 QM
QMCplQuarter Master Corporal1 QMCpl
RangerRanger7 Ranger
RctRecruitBusy with training. Not yet completed basics10 Rct
RQMSRegimental Quarter Master Sergent2 RQMS
RegtUnknown Regt128 Regt
ReverendReverend3 Reverend
Royal WestUnknown0 Royal West
SaddlerSaddler1 Saddler
SadCplSaddler Coporal3 SadCpl
SadSgtSaddler Sergeant4 SadSgt
ScoutScout37 Scout
SeaSeaman15 Sea
SgtPipeSergeant Piper5 SgtPipe
SgtTrumpSergeant Trumpeter2 SgtTrump
ShunterShunter2 Shunter
SBSSick Berth Steward1 SBS
SmnSignalman32 Smn
SpecSctSpecial Scout2 SpecSct
SprSapper316 Spr
SQMSSquadron Quarter Master Sergeant6 SQMS
StaffQMSStaff Quarter Master Sergeant3 StaffQMS
StaffSFStaff Sergeant Farrier5 StaffSF
StaffSMStaff Sgt Major14 StaffSM
StewSteward1 Stew
StokerStoker18 Stoker
SubInspSub Inspector1 SubInsp
SuperindendentSuperindendent2 Superindendent
SupSgtSuperintendent Sergeant1 SupSgt
SurgCaptSurgeon Captain1 SurgCapt
SurgLtSurgeon Lieutenant1 SurgLt
SurgLtColSurgeon Lieutenant Colonel2 SurgLtCol
SurgMajSurgeon Major1 SurgMaj
T-CplTemp Corporal1 T-Cpl
TelegTelegraphist6 Teleg
TprTrooperSame as Rifleman except for the Armoured units or the Cavalry1532 Tpr
TrpQMSTroop Quarter Master Sergeant1 TrpQMS
TrpSgtMajTroop Sergeant Major7 TrpSgtMaj
TrumpLCplTrumpeter Lance Corporal1 TrumpLCpl
UnknownUnknown9628 Unknown
VegGenVeg Generaal2 VegGen
VetLtVeterinary Lieutenant2 VetLt
VknrVerkennerScout. Rank for Riflemen at Intelligence School, Kimberley8 Vknr
VolVolunteer10 Vol
W-KomdtWaarnemende Komdt5 W-Komdt
W-KorpWaarnemende Korporaal1 W-Korp
WagmeesterWagmeester1 Wagmeester
WheelerWheeler1 Wheeler
AirCplAir Corporal27 AirCpl
FSLtFlight Sub Lieutenant5 FSLt
SqnCmdrSquadron Commander1 SqnCmdr
SubLtSub Lieutenant1 SubLt
FLtFlight Lieutenant2 FLt
CadetCadet10 Cadet
FoffFlight Officer1 Foff
AirAppAir Apprentice10 AirApp
AirSgtAir Sergeant35 AirSgt
P-PP/P Pupil Pilot28 P-P
L-AirMecLance Air Mechanic2 L-AirMec
AWmnAir Woman4 AWmn
A-PA/P Unknown (Airforce)7 A-P
PAGP/A/G Unknown (Airforce)1 PAG
LAirMecL/A/M - L Air Mechanic1 LAirMec
ColVolColoured Volunteer1 ColVol
CConstChief Constable1 CConst
InspectorActActing Inspector1 InspectorAct
BomActActing BombardierActing BombardierActing Bombardier31 BomAct
CplActActing CorporalActing CorporalActing Corporal23 CplAct
SgtActActing SergeantActing SergeantActing Sergeant2 SgtAct
AdjAdjutantAdjutantAdjutant19 Adj
ArmArmourerArmourerArmourer1 Arm
ArmSgtArmourer SergeantArmourer SergeantArmourer Sergeant5 ArmSgt
ArmMateArmourers MateArmourers MateArmourers Mate2 ArmMate
ArtificerArtificerArtificer2 Artificer
SurgAstAssistant SurgeonAssistant SurgeonAssistant Surgeon1 SurgAst
FdctAstAssistant VeldkornetAssistant VeldkornetAssistant Veldkornet22 FdctAst
BandBandsmanBandsmanBandsman8 Band
BearBearerBearerBearer16 Bear
BomBombardierBombardierBombardier107 Bom
BsBosunBosun1 Bs
BrigBrigadierBrigadier3 Brig
BrigGenBrigadier GeneralBrigadier0 BrigGen
BugBuglerBuglerBugler39 Bug
BurgherBurgherBurgherBurgher or Citizen94 Burgher
CaptCaptainCaptain395 Capt
CaptSANCaptain SA NavyCaptainCaptain0 CaptSAN
CPOChief Petty OfficerChief8 CPO
CivCivilianCivilianCivilian30 Civ
CivCondCivilian ConductorCivilian ConductorCivilian Conductor42 CivCond
CivSurgeCivilian SurgeonCivilian SurgeonCivilian Surgeon19 CivSurge
ClerkClerkClerkClerk17 Clerk
COCandidate OfficerCO28 CO
ColColonelColonel22 Col
LtColLieutenant ColonelColonelLieutenant Colonel41 LtCol
CSgtColour SergeantColourColour Sergeant87 CSgt
ColSgtMajColour Sergeant MajorColour Sergeant Major4 ColSgtMaj
CmdtCommandant. Equiv to Lt ColCommandant56 Cmdt
ComdCommanderCommander2 Comd
CondConductorConductorConductor21 Cond
ConstConstableConstableConstable18 Const
CplCorporalCorporalNormally a Section Leader in an Infantry platoon1217 Cpl
L-CplLance CorporalCorporalNormally a Section 2IB in an Infantry Platoon. In the Medics, all Ops Medics (Operational or Combat Medics, are given this rank1037 L-Cpl
CSMCompany Sgt MajorCSM4 CSM
DriverDriverDriver3 Driver
DrvDriverDriverDriver505 Drv
NativeDriveNative DriverDriver1 NativeDrive
DrumDrummerDrummerDrummer61 Drum
FarSgtFarrier SgtFarrier SgtFarrier Sgt39 FarSgt
GenGeneralGeneralGeneral8 Gen
MajGenlMajor GeneralGeneralMajor General4 MajGenl
LtGenLt GeneralGeneralGeneral0 LtGen
GuideGuideGuideGuide12 Guide
RfnRiflemanHey You, Troopie, Anneman etc :-)1439 Rfn
CmdtAstAssistant KommandantKommandantAssistant Kommandant2 CmdtAst
KnrKornetKornet5 Knr
L-SgtLance SergeantLanceLance Sergeant is/was a rank in Scottish or British Regiments102 L-Sgt
ltSANNaval LieutenantLieutenant0 ltSAN
SLtSub-Lieutenant SA NavyLieutenantLieutenant2 SLt
2Lt2nd LieutenantLT, LieutenantPlatoon Leader in an Infantry Company327 2Lt
Lt1st LieutenantLT, LieutenantPlatoon Leader in an Infantry Company923 Lt
MajMajorMajor127 Maj
OrdOrderlyOrderlyOrderly30 Ord
QMSgtQuarter Master SergeantQuarter Master SergeantQuarter Master Sergeant42 QMSgt
RSMRegimental Sergeant MajorRSM6 RSM
SgtSargeantSarge, SergeantNormally the "Platoon Sergeant" in an Infantry company987 Sgt
OseaOrdinary SeamanSeamanOrdinary Seaman9 Osea
SgtMajSergeant MajorSergeant MajorSergeant Major81 SgtMaj
WO2Warrant Officer 2nd ClassSergeant MajorSergeant Major - Normally Company Sergeant Major in an Infantry Company32 WO2
WO1Warrant Officer 1st ClassSergeant Major, RSM etc depending on the position heldSergeant Major - Normally Regimental Sergeant Major in an Infantry Regiment or Battalion.40 WO1
ShoeShoesmithShoesmithShoesmith90 Shoe
NurseSisNursing SisterSisterNursing Sister31 NurseSis
WrnWeermanSkutterAfrikaans term for Rifleman52 Wrn
SSgtStaff SargeantStaffNormally the QSQM (Quarter Master SGT) in an Infantry Company47 SSgt
TraderTraderTrader1 Trader
TrumpTrumpeterTrumpeterTrumpeter10 Trump
UnkEastUnknown EastUnknownUnknown (Was East)218 UnkEast
UnkNorthUnknown NorthUnknownUnknown (Was North)111 UnkNorth
UnkRoyalUnknownUnknownUnknown (Was Royal)0 UnkRoyal
UnkSouthUnknown SouthUnknownUnknown (Was South)537 UnkSouth
WestUnknown WestUnknown153 West
SWOSpecial Warrant OfficerWarrantSouth African Police - Warrant1 SWO

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