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List of Abbreviations Used in Military Service Files

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Abbreviation Meaning
B & GFU Bombing and Gunnery Flying Unit
B & GS Bombing and Gunnery School
B of the MG of the ONDHQ Branch of the Master General of the Ordnance, National Defence Headquarters Company
B Report Burial Report
BA Bermuda Area
BA Bandsman
BAC British Air Commission
BAC Brigade Ammunition Column
BAD British Admiralty Delegation
BADR(PC) British Admiralty Delegation Representative, Pacific Coast
BAFO British Air Force Overseas
BAKS Barracks (US)
BAM Large Minesweeper
BAMR British Admiralty Maintenance Representative
BAMS Broadcasts to Allied Merchant Ships
Bandsmn Bandsman
Bandsmn(Prob) Bandsman (Probationer)
BAO Base Accounting Officer
BARM British Advisory Repair Mission
BARS Salvage Vessel
BarTdr Bar Tender
BAS(O) British Army Staff (Officers)
BAS(OR) British Army Staff (Other Ranks)
BASM Battalion Sergeant Major
BASR British Admiralty Supply Representative
BASR British Admiralty Supply and Repairs
BAT Beam Approach Training
BATM British Admiralty Technical Mission
Batt Battalion
Batt Battery
Batt’n Battalion
BATUS British Army Training Unit, Suffield
BAV Boom Attendant Vessels
BB Battleship (US)
BB Bugle Band
BB Bailey Bridge
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BC Battery Commander
BC British Columbia
BCA Battery Commander Assistant
BCA Biscay and Channel Area
BCD British Columbia Dragoons
BCH Barriefield Camp Hospital
Bcook Boy Cook
BCPO Base Civilian Personnel Officer
BCQ Base Commander, Queensborough
BCR British Columbia Regiment
BCRCASC Bridge Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
BCRD British Columbia Regimental Depot
BCRM British-Canadian Recruiting Mission
BCSO British Central Scientific Office
BD Base Depot
BD Blood Donor
BD Bandsman
BDB Branch Detention Barracks
BDC Battle Drill Course
BDCASS "Bandoliers" Detachment - Canadian Auxiliary Services Section
BDCRE Bomb Disposal Company Royal Engineers
BDD Boom Defence Depot
BDE Balloon Development Establishment
BDE Convoy Escort Vessel
Bde Brigade
Bde Bombardier
BdeGp Brigade Group
Bdm Bandsman
BDO Boom Defence Officer
BDofMS Base Depot of Medical Stores
Bdr Bombardier
BDS Battle Drill School
BDS Bomb Disposal School
BD-SE Band Sergeant
Bdsm Bandsman
BDTC Battle Drill Training Centre
BDV Boom Defence Vessel
BDZ Commander in Chief Netherlands Navy, London
BEC British Escort Craft
BEC Basic Electronics Course
BedfR Bedfordshire Regiment
BedfYeo Bedfordshire Yeomanry
BEF British Expeditionary Force
BEM Basic Electronics Mechanic
BEM British Empire Medal
BerksR Berkshire Regiment
BerksYeo Berkshire Yeomanry
BET Basic Educational Test
BF Bring Forward
BFA Battle First Aid
BFA Blank Firing Attachment
BFPO British Forces Post Overseas
BFTS British Flying Training Schools
BG Base Gagetown (Theatres of Service)
BG Brigade Group
BG Battle Group
BG Brigadier-General
BGC(C)RCASC Brigade Group Company (Company) Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
BGGS Brigadier General of General Staff
BGH British General Hospital
Bglr Bugler
BGRAM Basegram
BGS Bombing and Gunnery Schools
BGS Brigadier, General Staff
BH&MDATKRRCA Beachy Head & Michel Dean Anti-Tank Ranges Royal Canadian Artillery
bhp Brake Horse Power
BHQ Brigade Headquarters
BHQS Barriefield Headquarters Staff
BHRRCA Beachy Head Ranges, Royal Canadian Artillery
BHX Bermuda Portion of Halifax (New York) to United Kingdom Convoy
BI Bandsman Instrumentalist
BIB "B" Infantry Battalion
BIC Bowmanville Interment Camp
BioTech Biosciences Technician
BItoCSGHQEAGP (Brussels) Increment to Canadian Section General Headquarters Echelon Army Group
BJCB British Joint Communications Board
BK Blacksmith
BK Battery Captain
BKR Baker
Bks Barracks
BL Breech Loading
bldg(s) Building(s)
Bldmth Blacksmith
BLK Blacksmith
BLOC Basic Logistics Officers Course
BLP Bombing Landplane (US)
BM Band Master
BM Brevet Major
BM Brigade Major
BMA Band Master
BMCA British Maintenance Commander, Argentina
BMD Bengal Medical Department
BMET Bio-Medical Engineering Technician
BMH Brandon Military Hospital
BMH Brantford Military Hospital
BMH(PHI) Brockville Military Hospital (PHI)
BMHRCAMC Botwood Military Hospital, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
BMHRCAMC Bowmanville Military Hospital, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
BMHRCAMC Brampton Military Hospital, Royal Canadian Military Hospital
Bmn Bandsman
BMQ Basic Military Qualification
Bmr Bandmaster
BMS Brigade Medical Station
BMSM British Merchant Shipping Mission
BMV Boom Maintenance Vessels
BMWT British Ministry of War Transport
BMWTR British Ministry of War Transport Representative
BN Battalion (US)
BN Boatswain
Bn Battalion
BN & PSHRCAMC Basingstoke Neurological & Plastic Surgery Hospital, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
BNA British Naval Attache
Bndsmn Bandsman
BNH Basingstoke Neurological Hospital
BNLO British Naval Liaison Officer
BNLO British Naval Liaison Officer to French Naval Headquarters, London
BNLO(RHN) British Naval Liaison Officer (Royal Hellenic Navy)
BO Bombardier
BOC Base Officer, Chasseurs
BOD Base Ordnance Depot
BOH British Official History
BOI Boiler (US)
Bomb Bombardier
BOR Battalion Orderly Room
BordR Border Regiment
BOS Battalion Orderly Sergeant
Bosn Boatswain
BOTC Basic Officers Training Course
BOW Base Ordnance Workshop
Boy1 Boy 1st Class
BoySig Boy Signaller
BPA Bureau of Pensions Advocates
BPC Beach Protection Craft
BPC Base Planning Committee
BPET Battle Physical Efficiency Test
BPO Base Post Office
BPOCPC Base Post Office Canadian Postal Corps
BPSO Base Personnel Selection Office
BPT Battle Practice Target
BPT Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat
BPV Beach Protection Vessel
BQMS Battery Quartermaster-Sergeant
BR Book of Reference
BR Brockville Rifles
Br Bomber
BR Bombing and Reconnaissance Squadron
br(s) Bridge(s)
BRCA Battery Royal Canadian Artillery
BRCE Battalion Royal Canadian Artillery
BRCHA Battery Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
BrColRgt British Columbia Regiment
BRCS British Red Cross Society
BRCS&OStJJ British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem
BRG Bearing (US)
Brig Brigadier
Brig-Gen Brigadier-General
Brit British
BRLO British Routing Liaison Officer
BRO British Routing Officer
BrockR Brockville Rifles
BRPRCOC Boot Rebuilding Plant, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps
BRSqn Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
BS Battle Squadron
BS Brigade School
BS(M)RCASC Bakery Section (Mechanical), Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
BSA Barents Sea Area
BSASSRCS Base Sub Area Signal Section, Royal Canadian Signals
BSC Base Staging Camp
BSD Base Supply Depot
BSD Brandon Supply Depot
BSM Battery Sergeant-Major
BSMA Brigade Sergeant Major
BSO (Commander in Chief) Netherlands Forces in the East
BSO British Staff Officer
BSRCE Boring Section, Royal Canadian Engineers
BSS Base Supply Ship
BTC Basic Training Centre
BTC(A) Basic Training Centre (Active)
BTC(R) Basic Training Centre (Reserve)
Btln Battalion
Btswn Boatswain
Btty Battery
Bty Battery
BU Bugler
BUACPATSO British Units Affecting Canadian Personnel Army Trades School Officers
BucksYeo Buckinghamshire Yeomanry
BUDOCKS Bureau of Yards and Docks (US)
BUMA Bugle Major
BUMED Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (US)
BUPERS Bureau of Naval Personnel (US)
BUPTE Bugler Private
BUSANDA Bureau of Supplies and Accounts (US)
BUSE Bugle Sergeant
BUSHIPS Bureau of Ships (US)
BUSRA British US Routing Agreement
BUSRS British-United States Routing Agreement
BUSUP Bureau of Supplies and Accounts (US)
Butcher Butcher
BW Black Watch
BW(RHC) Black Watch (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
BWI British West Indies
BWRCEME Base Workshop Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
BX Boston-Halifax Convoy
BYHC Buckinghamshire Cavalry Hussars
BYMS British "Y" Class Minesweeper
BZ Bristol Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
BZA Brazilian Area