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Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:22 BST (UK) »
Hi doing some research on my decesed grandfather. I knew he was in the Air branch of the navy during world war one. stugging to make sense of some of the abriviations and would greatly appreciate some help with a few.

in 1942 the reserves list he is listed as?
          Rank - S L (A). Seneority : 18.11.41  Division: RAN


Could someone clarify meaning of RAN and S L ?


in 1942 in
 he's listed as a tempy sub lieut (A) (O)

in 44 he's listed as
    tempy sub lieut (A) (P)


In these contexts is the O and P short for officer and private?

I'm aware these might all be very stupid questions but am very new to looking at military records.
I know (A) refers to the air branch but not 100% sure of others particularly  "S L" in this combination.   Thanks in advance.

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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:30 BST (UK) »
SL = Sub Lieutenant
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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:31 BST (UK) »
RAN = Royal Australian Navy
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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:34 BST (UK) »
Sub Lieutenant makes a lot of sense, Haha don't know how I couldn't see it before. Thanks.

Given he was British I find RAN really odd to be by his name, if it is Royal Australian Navy. Is there anything else it might be?

Thank you again for your responses.

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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:41 BST (UK) »
From the 1944 Navy List "Abbreviations" section:
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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:49 BST (UK) »
This is from the abbreviations list in the 1935 edition:
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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 17:51 BST (UK) »
Thank you so much that's really useful!

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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 23:10 BST (UK) »
In the early years of WW2 the Royal Australian Navy was helping us out in Europe. Perhaps he was seconded to one of their ships.
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Re: Understanding abbreviations related to Rank in old Navy records from WWII.
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 22 September 20 23:53 BST (UK) »
RAN ... the digitised service records for WWII RAN personnel  may well be readily available online, no charge, at Australia's National Archives of Australia website, naa.gov.au "record search"

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