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Mention that Sir Edward Maufe had been awarded the bronze medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his design for the Runnymede Memorial.
Approval, signing and amendment of the 375th Commission meeting minutes:
a) 35th Annual Report of the Commission
b) Sketch design for Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery
c) Sketch design for Ibadan Military Cemetery
d) Vice-Chairman’s tour in North Africa.
Report of the 420th meeting of the Finance Committee and annual estimates for 1955-1956
Mentions the annual estimates and the figure recommended for the year 1955-1956 was shown.
Item 3 indicated construction at Cassino War Cemetery was now in view.
Item 5 dealt with the expenditure of an additional sum of £4,400 on the construction of a wall at Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia, recommended by Sir John Crocker and the Secretary during their recent tour.
Item 15 referred to the construction of a central memorial in the Czechoslovak Plot at Brookwood Military Cemetery.
Report of the 27th Annual Meeting of the South African Agency
Refers to proposal for the Commission to undertake the maintenance of graves of the South African (Boer) War.
Examination of sketch design by P.E. Cornu, A.R.I.B.A. for Le Grand Luce War Cemetery, France.
Ceremony at Budapest War Cemetery, Hungary
Memorial Service at Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas
Arrangements for the unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice at Bourail War Cemetery, New Caledonia on 24 April 1955.
Commemorative Plaque in Great Bircham (St Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk
Proposal for the erection of a commemorative plaque in Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk, to note that the Cross of Sacrifice there was the first of the 1939-1945 War to be unveiled and was unveiled by King George VI.
Retirement of Mr W.K.K. Kinnear
Mentions that Mr W.K.K. Kinnear, Esq., M.B.E., Chief Administrative Officer of United Kingdom District, was retiring and would be succeeded by Colonel E.A. Griffin, who was recently Chief Administrative Officer of Eastern District.
German war graves in the United Kingdom and Commission cemeteries overseas
Refers to various proposals for German war graves in the United Kingdom and Commission cemeteries overseas, including proposal to relocate German war graves in the UK to Cannock Chase.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 20 January 1955 at 11:00am.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
Frederic Hudd, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
E.J. Bunting, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
J.G Hale, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
C.H. Torrance, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
T.K. Nandi, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain M. Jan (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
D.K. Malone, Esq., M.B.E. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
A.B. Moore, Esq. (Representing the Minister of Works)
General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., D.L.
Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Patrick Spens, O.B.E.,Q.C., M.P.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.
General Sir John T. Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
General Sir Harold Campbell, G.C.V.O., D.S.O.
Sir William M. Inst. C.E. (Consulting Engineer)
Sir Edward Maufe, Esq., R.A., F.R.I.B.A. (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)
F. Higginson, Esq., C.B., C.M.G.
Also in attendance:
W.H. Bunning, Esq. M.C.
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Principal Assistant Secretary)
W.J. Chalmers, Esq., C.B.E. (Assistant Secretary)
Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C (Director of Works)
H.L. Simmons, Esq. LL.B (Legal Adviser)
O.D. Holt, Esq., (Principal, Secretarial Branch)