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]

We don't yet know of a canonical source for the official full names of AIF units. Conventions for page names are shown below. For now, unit_name1 etc. in {{infobox military unit}} are not used for AIF units. Infantry brigades and battalions sometimes have geographical names in brackets. These can go in alternate_unit_names for now.

Divisions and corps[edit]

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

Corps pages already exist:

Division names should be in this form:

Units[edit]

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".

Exceptions[edit]

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:


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 1914 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 1914 Army List, go in unit_name1 in {{infobox military unit}}.