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Military abbreviations: W

A glossary of military-based abbreviations, acronyms and initials used throughout the First World War, the Second World War and through to present day. The abbreviations are associated with various different nations, primarily the United Kingdom but also including, India, South Africa, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Abbreviations also have a strong focus on various armed forces such as the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Use the browse prefix below to navigate to glossaries beginning with a specific letter.

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Abbreviation Definition 1 Definition 2 (if applicable)
W
Wounded
West
WA
West Africa
West African
WAAC
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps
WAAF
Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (RAF)
W AFR R
West African Regiment
W/C
Wing Commander (RAF)
WCIU
War Crimes Investigation Unit
WD
Wounded
WE
War Establishment
WELSH H
Welsh Horse
WELSH HC
Welsh Hospital Corps
WELSH R
Welsh Regiment
W ENG
Warrant Engineer (RN)
WEST & CUMB Y
Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry
WG
Welsh Guards
WG CDR
Wing Commander (RAF)
W GDS
Welsh Guards
WGNR
Waggoner
WHC
Women’s Hospital Corps
WILTS R
Wiltshire Regiment
WILTS YEO
Wiltshire Yeomanry
WIR
West India Regiment
W KENT YEO
West Kent Yeomanry
WKR
Worker (grade equating to Pte in QMAAC)
WKS DTE
Works Directorate (Indian)
WO
War Office
Warrant Officer
WO1
Warrant Officer Class 1
WO2
Warrant Officer Class 2
WO CL I
Warrant Officer Class I
WO CL II
Warrant Officer Class II
WO CL III
Warrant Officer Class III
WOP
Wireless Operator (RAF)
WOP/AG
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner (RAF)
WORC R
Worcestershire Regiment
WORC YEO
Worcestershire Yeomanry
WR
Writer (RN)
WRAC
Women’s Royal Army Corps
WRAF
Women’s Royal Air Force
W RID R
West Riding Regiment
WRNR
Women’s Royal Naval Reserve
WRNS
Women’s Royal Naval Service
WRNZNS
Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service
WSC
Water Supply Corps (South African)
W SOM YEO
West Somerset Yeomanry
WT
Warrant
W/T
Wireless Telegraphy
WTR
Waiter (RN)
W TRAAL RFLS
West Transvaal Rifles
WVS
Women’s Voluntary Service
W YORK R
West Yorkshire Regiment
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