Naming conventions for Australian units

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The purpose of this page is to record and explain our current practices for naming units and pages. It's not a set of rules that you have to learn. If you want to create a page that doesn't exist, just create it. Don't worry about whether it has the right name. We can easily move it later.

See Australian units in World War I for more examples.

Australian Imperial Force[edit]

Page names[edit]

Divisions and corps[edit]

Page names are the same as full names. unit_name1 etc isn't usually used.

Pages already exist:


Most AIF units, other than the exceptions described further below, use the page name suffix ", Australian Imperial Force (AIF)".

For example:

These forms sometimes differ from more commonly used names but are needed to disambiguate AIF units from Militia units with similar names. For example, the AIF had a unit commonly known as "1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade", while the Militia had a unit known as "1st Brigade, Australian Field Artillery" or just "1st Field Artillery Brigade".


The names of some units are closely related to the names of divisions or corps. Their page names should be like this:

Hospitals are usually in the form:

Australian Flying Corps squadrons:

Full names[edit]

These should be entered in unit_name1 etc. in the main infobox.

Light Horse regiments[edit]

Full names are shown in the British Monthly Army List.

Infantry battalions[edit]

Full names are shown in the British Monthly Army List. These usually include a geographic name in brackets.

Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force[edit]

Units are represented at force and battalion level. These pages already exist. Page names are similar to AIF units:

Permanent Force[edit]

Page names are the same as full names, based on the July 1914 Quarterly Army List:

unit_name1 doesn't need to be used.

Citizen Military Force (aka Militia)[edit]

Page names are mostly in the form:

The suffix ", Australian Militia" is used to disambiguate from similarly named AIF units.

Some types of unit take the name of their parent corps instead:

Full names, as shown in the July 1914 Quarterly Army List, go in unit_name1 in {{infobox military unit}}.