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Mentions the meeting opened in private session with the following present in addition to members of the Commission:
Sir Frederic Kenyon, G.B.E., K.C.B., T.D., D.Litt. (Artistic Adviser)
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Assistant Secretary Finance)
E.J. King, Esq., M.C.
Three matters were raised during this private session:
1) The salary of Brigadier Higginson
2) Present vacancy and proposal for the appointment of Sir Herbert Ellissen
3) Vice-Chairmanship upon retirement of Sir Fabian Ware on 17 June 1948.
Retirement of Lord Courtown and Sir Frederic Kenyon
Announcement of retirement of Lord Courtown of the War Office and also of Sir Frederic Kenyon, the Commission’s Artistic Adviser since 1917.
Mentions that that since the termination of Major G.J. Forrest's service in Gibraltar, the Secretaryship of the Commission's Gibraltar Agency had been carried out by Lieut.-Colonel E.D. Huggett, R.E., up to 9 October 1947. As from the 10th October Major G.A. Nichols, R.E. had been appointed to act in that capacity.
Mentions the watercolour of the design for Springvale War Cemetery, which had been sent to the Vice-Chairman by Brigadier Brown.
India and South East Asia District
Mentions that Taiping Military Cemetery had been taken over by the Commission on 15 October 1947 and was the first cemetery to be handed over by the Army in the Commission’s India and South East Asia District.
Ceremonies at Brookwood Military Cemetery
Mentions ceremony held on 27 October to commemorate the Czechoslovak National Day, (28th October) and also the French ceremonies held on All Saints Day at Brookwood and at the French graves in Kensal Green (St. Mary’s) Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Report of the 342nd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Adoption of the report of the 342nd meeting of the Finance Committee.
Refers to Vice-Chairman’s broadcast and the memorial service at Westminster Abbey on 10 November. The Commission had been represented by Major Kinnear at the Annual Service for Seafarers at the Mercantile Marine War Memorial on Tower Hill. General Vanier had once again laid a wreath on the Commission's behalf in Paris whilst General Maton had done the same in Brussels.
Japanese Graves: Anzac Agency’s Area
Discussion regarding the maintenance of Japanese graves situated in Anzac Agency’s area and resolution that the Commission, if the Government of Australia request them to do, are prepared, where practicable and subject to review from time to time. to undertake, through the Anzac Agency, the maintenance of Japanese graves of the War of 1939-45 situated within Australia and its territories, at the cost of the Government of Australia.
Examination of Sketch Designs for Cemetery Construction
Comments regarding designs submitted for Oxford and Cambridge Royal Air Force cemeteries, as well as placing of flowers and incorrect position of Stone of Remembrance in Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery. Includes resolution for approval of the following sketch designs and authorisation to consider and accept tenders for construction:
(a) Mr Edward Maufe, A.R.A., for Oxford Royal Air Force Cemetery and Cambridge Royal Air Force Cemetery.
(b) Dr Gordon Leith M.C., F.R.I.B.A., for:
Palmietkuil South Native Cemetery (Springs District)
Cape Town (Maitland Road) Cemetery
Durban (Hillary) Cemetery, Natal
Durban (Stellawood) European Military Cemetery
East London (East Bank) Cemetery
Pietermaritzburg (Mountain Rise) Cemetery, Natal
Plumstead European Cemetery, Cape Town
Plumstead Non-European Cemetery, Cape Town
Ladysmith Non-European Military Plot
Fort Napier Military Cemetery, Pietermaritzburg
Johannesburg (West Park) Military Cemetery.
Major-General Sir Fabian Ware K.C.V.O., K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., LL.D. (Vice-Chairman, in the Chair)
J.P. Sigvaldason, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
V.C. Duffy, Esq., M.V.O. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
C. Knowles, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
I.T. Meyer, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
W.B. England, Esq., M.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
E. Simcock, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Colonel W.F. Rendell, C.B.E. (Representing the Government of Newfoundland)
G.F. Seel, Esq., C.M.G. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
General Sir Robert Gordon Finlayson, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.
Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith V.C., K.C.B.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O.
Colonel the Rt. Hon. the Lord Wigram, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., C.S.I.
Harold Neal, Esq., M.P.
There were also present:
Lieut.-Colonel Sir Frederic Kenyon, G.B.E., K.C.B.
Lieut.-Colonel Sir Herbert Ellissen, C.B.E. (Adviser on Post-War Organisation and Reconstruction)
Brigadier F. Higginson, C.M.G. (Secretary)
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Assistant Secretary, Finance)
Lieut.-Colonel R.W. Bateman (Director of Works)
Brigadier J.K. McNair, C.B.E.
Major W.K.K. Kinnear (Acting Director of Records)
Major F. Tyrrell, M.B.E.
P.R. Trevelyan-Thomson, Esq.