List of Ranks

Explanation of Ranks

Abr.FullAddress Explanation Deaths Rank Badge
Lt1st LieutenantLT, LieutenantPlatoon Leader in an Infantry Company923 Lt
2Lt2nd LieutenantLT, LieutenantPlatoon Leader in an Infantry Company327 2Lt
A-PA/P Unknown (Airforce)7 A-P
ABAble Seaman44 AB
BomActActing BombardierActing BombardierActing Bombardier31 BomAct
CplActActing CorporalActing CorporalActing Corporal23 CplAct
InspectorActActing Inspector1 InspectorAct
SgtActActing SergeantActing SergeantActing Sergeant2 SgtAct
AdjAdjutantAdjutantAdjutant19 Adj
AgentAgent5 Agent
AirAppAir Apprentice10 AirApp
AirCplAir Corporal27 AirCpl
AirMecAir Mechanic79 AirMec
AirSgtAir Sergeant35 AirSgt
AWmnAir Woman4 AWmn
AmnAirman17 Amn
ArmArmourerArmourerArmourer1 Arm
ArmSgtArmourer SergeantArmourer SergeantArmourer Sergeant5 ArmSgt
ArmMateArmourers MateArmourers MateArmourers Mate2 ArmMate
ArtificerArtificerArtificer2 Artificer
CmdtAstAssistant KommandantKommandantAssistant Kommandant2 CmdtAst
SurgAstAssistant SurgeonAssistant SurgeonAssistant Surgeon1 SurgAst
FdctAstAssistant VeldkornetAssistant VeldkornetAssistant Veldkornet22 FdctAst
BandSgtBand Sergeant3 BandSgt
BandboyBandboy1 Bandboy
BandBandsmanBandsmanBandsman8 Band
BattQMSBattery Quarter Master Sergeant2 BattQMS
BSMBattery Sergeant Major7 BSM
BearBearerBearerBearer16 Bear
BlacksmithBlacksmith1 Blacksmith
BomBombardierBombardierBombardier107 Bom
BomWheelBombardier Wheeler8 BomWheel
BsBosunBosun1 Bs
BrigBrigadierBrigadier3 Brig
BrigGenBrigadier GeneralBrigadier0 BrigGen
BugBuglerBuglerBugler39 Bug
BurgherBurgherBurgherBurgher or Citizen94 Burgher
CadetCadet10 Cadet
COCandidate OfficerCO28 CO
CaptCaptainCaptain395 Capt
CaptSANCaptain SA NavyCaptainCaptain0 CaptSAN
CarpenterCarpenter2 Carpenter
CavCavalier2 Cav
CheckerChecker2 Checker
CConstChief Constable1 CConst
CPOChief Petty OfficerChief8 CPO
CivCivilianCivilianCivilian30 Civ
CivCheckCivilian Checker1 CivCheck
CivClerkCivilian Clerk7 CivClerk
CivCondCivilian ConductorCivilian ConductorCivilian Conductor42 CivCond
CivCookCivilian Cook1 CivCook
CivDriveCivilian Driver3 CivDrive
CivEngineDriveCivilian Engine Driver4 CivEngineDrive
CivEngCivilian Engineer2 CivEng
CivFireCivilian Fireman4 CivFire
CivFitCivilian Fitter1 CivFit
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
CivSurgeCivilian SurgeonCivilian SurgeonCivilian Surgeon19 CivSurge
CivTelInspCivilian Tele Inspector1 CivTelInsp
CivTicExamCivilian Ticket Examiner1 CivTicExam
CivVetSurgCivilian Veterinary Surgeon3 CivVetSurg
CivVolCivilian Volunteer1 CivVol
ClerkClerkClerkClerk17 Clerk
ColColonelColonel22 Col
CSgtColour SergeantColourColour Sergeant87 CSgt
ColSgtMajColour Sergeant MajorColour Sergeant Major4 ColSgtMaj
ColVolColoured Volunteer1 ColVol
CmdtCommandant. Equiv to Lt ColCommandant56 Cmdt
ComdCommanderCommander2 Comd
CSMCompany Sgt MajorCSM4 CSM
CondConductorConductorConductor21 Cond
ConstConstableConstableConstable18 Const
CplCorporalCorporalNormally a Section Leader in an Infantry platoon1217 Cpl
CplBuglerCorporal Bugler1 CplBugler
CplFarCorporal Farrier6 CplFar
CplShoeCorporal Shoesmith3 CplShoe
CyclistCyclist2 Cyclist
DomesticDomestic1 Domestic
DresserDresser2 Dresser
DrillSgtDrill Sergeant1 DrillSgt
DriveFarDriveer Farrier2 DriveFar
DriverDriverDriver3 Driver
DrvDriverDriverDriver505 Drv
DriveGunDriver Gunner5 DriveGun
DriveWheelDriver Wheeler1 DriveWheel
DrumLCplDrum Lance Corporal2 DrumLCpl
DrumMajDrum Major1 DrumMaj
DrumDrummerDrummerDrummer61 Drum
EngDriveEngine Driver1 EngDrive
EngineerEngineer1 Engineer
FarrierFarrier4 Farrier
FarMajFarrier Major2 FarMaj
FarSgtFarrier SgtFarrier SgtFarrier Sgt39 FarSgt
FdctField Cornet114 Fdct
FiremanFireman4 Fireman
FitterFitter3 Fitter
FLtFlight Lieutenant2 FLt
FoffFlight Officer1 Foff
F-SgtFlight Sgt36 F-Sgt
FSLtFlight Sub Lieutenant5 FSLt
ForemanForeman2 Foreman
GangGanger6 Gang
GenGeneralGeneralGeneral8 Gen
GoalerGoaler1 Goaler
GroomGroom1 Groom
GuardGuard3 Guard
GuideGuideGuideGuide12 Guide
GnrGunner611 Gnr
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
KnrKornetKornet5 Knr
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
LAirMecL/A/M - L Air Mechanic1 LAirMec
L-AirMecLance Air Mechanic2 L-AirMec
L-BomLance Bombadier8 L-Bom
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
L-SgtLance SergeantLanceLance Sergeant is/was a rank in Scottish or British Regiments102 L-Sgt
LeaderLeader5 Leader
LsLeading Seaman6 Ls
LeadStokeLeading Stoker1 LeadStoke
LtColLieutenant ColonelColonelLieutenant Colonel41 LtCol
LtCmdrLieutenant Commander2 LtCmdr
LinesmanLinesman4 Linesman
LtGenLt GeneralGeneralGeneral0 LtGen
MajMajorMajor127 Maj
MajGenlMajor GeneralGeneralMajor General4 MajGenl
MessengerMessenger1 Messenger
MidshipmanMidshipman4 Midshipman
NativeNative2 Native
NativeDriveNative DriverDriver1 NativeDrive
NatSctNative Scout4 NatSct
ltSANNaval LieutenantLieutenant0 ltSAN
NurseSisNursing SisterSisterNursing Sister31 NurseSis
OrdOrderlyOrderlyOrderly30 Ord
ORSgtOrderly Room Segeant1 ORSgt
OseaOrdinary SeamanSeamanOrdinary Seaman9 Osea
PAGP/A/G Unknown (Airforce)1 PAG
P-PP/P Pupil Pilot28 P-P
PainterPainter1 Painter
PaymasterPaymaster1 Paymaster
POPetty Officer22 PO
PioneerPioneer4 Pioneer
PiperPiper1 Piper
PtePrivate11220 Pte
PvtDrumPrivate Drummer4 PvtDrum
ProfessorProfessor1 Professor
QMQuarter Master3 QM
QMCplQuarter Master Corporal1 QMCpl
QMSgtQuarter Master SergeantQuarter Master SergeantQuarter Master Sergeant42 QMSgt
RangerRanger7 Ranger
RctRecruitBusy with training. Not yet completed basics10 Rct
RQMSRegimental Quarter Master Sergent2 RQMS
RSMRegimental Sergeant MajorRSM6 RSM
ReverendReverend3 Reverend
RfnRiflemanHey You, Troopie, Anneman etc :-)1439 Rfn
SaddlerSaddler1 Saddler
SadCplSaddler Coporal3 SadCpl
SadSgtSaddler Sergeant4 SadSgt
SprSapper316 Spr
SgtSargeantSarge, SergeantNormally the "Platoon Sergeant" in an Infantry company987 Sgt
ScoutScout37 Scout
SeaSeaman15 Sea
DrumSgtSergeant Drummer5 DrumSgt
SgtMajSergeant MajorSergeant MajorSergeant Major81 SgtMaj
SgtPipeSergeant Piper5 SgtPipe
SgtTrumpSergeant Trumpeter2 SgtTrump
ShoeShoesmithShoesmithShoesmith90 Shoe
ShunterShunter2 Shunter
SBSSick Berth Steward1 SBS
SmnSignalman32 Smn
SpecSctSpecial Scout2 SpecSct
SWOSpecial Warrant OfficerWarrantSouth African Police - Warrant1 SWO
SqnCmdrSquadron Commander1 SqnCmdr
SQMSSquadron Quarter Master Sergeant6 SQMS
StaffQMSStaff Quarter Master Sergeant3 StaffQMS
SSgtStaff SargeantStaffNormally the QSQM (Quarter Master SGT) in an Infantry Company47 SSgt
StaffSFStaff Sergeant Farrier5 StaffSF
StaffSMStaff Sgt Major14 StaffSM
StewSteward1 Stew
StokerStoker18 Stoker
SubInspSub Inspector1 SubInsp
SubLtSub Lieutenant1 SubLt
SLtSub-Lieutenant SA NavyLieutenantLieutenant2 SLt
SuperindendentSuperindendent2 Superindendent
SupSgtSuperintendent Sergeant1 SupSgt
SurgCaptSurgeon Captain1 SurgCapt
SurgLtSurgeon Lieutenant1 SurgLt
SurgLtColSurgeon Lieutenant Colonel2 SurgLtCol
SurgMajSurgeon Major1 SurgMaj
TelegTelegraphist6 Teleg
T-CplTemp Corporal1 T-Cpl
TraderTraderTrader1 Trader
TrpQMSTroop Quarter Master Sergeant1 TrpQMS
TrpSgtMajTroop Sergeant Major7 TrpSgtMaj
TprTrooperSame as Rifleman except for the Armoured units or the Cavalry1532 Tpr
TrumpTrumpeterTrumpeterTrumpeter10 Trump
TrumpLCplTrumpeter Lance Corporal1 TrumpLCpl
Royal WestUnknown0 Royal West
UnknownUnknown9628 Unknown
UnkRoyalUnknownUnknownUnknown (Was Royal)0 UnkRoyal
UnkEastUnknown EastUnknownUnknown (Was East)218 UnkEast
UnkNorthUnknown NorthUnknownUnknown (Was North)111 UnkNorth
RegtUnknown Regt128 Regt
UnkSouthUnknown SouthUnknownUnknown (Was South)537 UnkSouth
WestUnknown WestUnknown153 West
VegGenVeg Generaal2 VegGen
VknrVerkennerScout. Rank for Riflemen at Intelligence School, Kimberley8 Vknr
VetLtVeterinary Lieutenant2 VetLt
VolVolunteer10 Vol
W-KomdtWaarnemende Komdt5 W-Komdt
W-KorpWaarnemende Korporaal1 W-Korp
WagmeesterWagmeester1 Wagmeester
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
WO2Warrant Officer 2nd ClassSergeant MajorSergeant Major - Normally Company Sergeant Major in an Infantry Company32 WO2
WrnWeermanSkutterAfrikaans term for Rifleman52 Wrn
WheelerWheeler1 Wheeler

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