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Matters arising from the Minutes of the 455th Meeting
Photographs from Princess Alexandra’s visit to Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery and Taukkyan War Cemetery were distributed to members; approval of the formal notifications of the Revised Estimate for 1961-1962.
Foreign Office circular letter to Heads of Mission
Report on the Foreign Office circular letter sent to Heads of Missions, which summarised the Commission’s constitution and main policies.
Ceremonies of Inauguration of the Bombay and Chittagong Memorials
Account of the Ceremony of Inauguration of the Bombay Memorial, which took the form of a Roll of Honour, by the Governor of Maharashtra Sri Prakasa; details concerning the Roll of Honour that was to be installed in the Shipping Master’s office at the Secretariat Building at Chittagong by Lieutenant-General Mohammed Azzam Khan, Governor of East Pakistan.
New Year Honours
KCMG conferred on the Rt. Hon. Sir Eric Harrison, High Commissioner for Australia; Knighthood conferred upon Dr George Taylor, Honorary Botanical Adviser to the Commission; appointment of an MBE to Mr Pettigrew, Area Superintendent, Northern Area, United Kingdom Region.
Visit of the South African Minister of Defence to Castiglione War Cemetery, Italy
Recount of visit by the South African Minister of Defence to Castiglione War Cemetery.
Report of the 499th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Additional funds required for the construction of Jakarta (Menteng Poeloe) War Cemetery; three appointments to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; expenditure for the construction of Caretaker’s quarters at Fayid War Cemetery and Suez War Cemetery, Egypt; expenditure for the building of a new front wall at Kut War Cemetery in Iraq.
Meerut Cantonment Cemetery
Decision not to regroup the First World War graves in Meerut Cantonment Cemetery (one of the “Show Place” cemeteries in India and Pakistan), but to leave the graves in their original location, and to commemorate the burials on memorial plaques to be erected in the entrance feature of Delhi War Cemetery.
Examination of Sketch Design for Cemetery Construction: Djakarta (Menteng Poeloe) War Cemetery Approval of the revised sketch design by Mr Ralph Hobday, OBE, FRIBA, for Jakarta (Menteng Poeloe) War Cemetery, with details of the estimated costs for construction.
Examination of Sketch Design for Cemetery Construction: Fredriksstad Military Cemetery, Norway
Approval of the revised sketch design by Mr J. D. Cox, ARIBA, for Fredrikstad Military Cemetery, with details of the estimated costs of construction.
Details of the ceremony held on Remembrance Sunday at Khartoum War Cemetery; report on the 1914-1918 Flyers Group of Fort Worth, Texas, and annual Armistice Day Memorial Service at the Commonwealth Plot in Greenwood Cemetery.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Clark (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Mr R. L. Jermyn (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Major Bashir Ahmed (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Mr J. H. H. Vaughn (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
Mr J. W. T. Pritchard (Representing the Minister of Works)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Mr John Hogg TD
Mr W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)
Sir Edward Maufe RA FRIBA (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)
Mr H. D. Morgan MSc (Eng.) MICE (Consulting Engineer)
Also in attendance:
Mr W. Wynne Mason MC ((Assistant Secretary) Director of External Relations and Records)
Mr A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Finance and Establishments)
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
Mr H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser and Solicitor)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr P. J. Cook