Southern Alberta Jewish Veterans of World War I & II

Dedicated to Val Rimer and the Jewish War Veterans of Canada, Post No. 2, and created with the support of the Ghert Family Foundation

General Abbreviation Key (For more information see Bibliography page)

AZA                                                                 Aleph Zadik Aleph: a young Jewish men’s fraternal organization

Book of Remembrance                                 Canadian Jewish War Memorial Association Book of Remembrance        

Canadian Jewish Congress 1942 list          This list of local servicemen was sent by the Calgary branch of Canadian Jewish Congress to the Canadian Jewish Congress office. It is from the Shumiatcher fond in Glenbow Archives M1107-54. A copy is housed in JHSSA files.


Military Abbreviation Key

For a full list of military abbreviations, as well as a wealth of general background information, visit

ASW equipment operator                      Anti-Submarine Warfare

AWOL                                                    Absent With Out Leave

Canadian Infantry Bn                            Canadian Infantry Battalion

CASC                                                    Canadian Army Service Corps (Canadian Army Support Control)

CBDPC                                                  [not a standard Canadian military abbreviation]

CIB                                                        Canadian Infantry Brigade

COTC                                                    Canadian Officer Training Corps

Coy                                                        Company

DUKW                                                    known colloquially as a ‘duck; amphibious truck used by British and other armed forces

HMCS                                                    His / Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship

PPCLI                                                    Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

RAF (British)                                         Royal Air Force

RASC                                                    Royal Army Service Corps

RCA                                                      Royal Canadian Artillery

RCAF                                                    Royal Canadian Air Force

RCAMC                                                 Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

RCCS                                                    Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

RCE                                                      Royal Canadian Engineers

RCIC                                                     Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

RCMP                                                   Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCN                                                      Royal Canadian Navy

RCNR                                                   Royal Canadian Naval Reserve

RCOC                                                   Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps

RFC (British)                                         Royal Flying Corps

RNWMP                                                Royal North West Mounted Police

RAOC (British)                                      Royal Army Ordnance Corps

S/A (rank)                                             [not a standard Canadian military abbreviation]

T3                                                         [US rank]

T5                                                         [US rank]

UNRRA, for AJJDC                             United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration for American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

W/S Corporal                                       Workshop Corporal