Unique IDCWGC/1/1/1/43
File NumberWG 1298
TitlePrince Of Wales' National Committee For The Care Of Soldiers' Graves
DescriptionMain topics: British arrangements in response to French law granting land for allied military cemeteries; formation of committee as British authority responsible for military cemeteries under French law; proposals for membership and officers of committee; measures to control erection of memorials in British cemeteries; visit to British cemeteries in France by Sir L. Earle (Office of Works); financial arrangements for future maintenance of graves; horticultural work in British cemeteries during World War 1; negotiations with Belgian government re agreement on provision of land for British cemeteries; participation of Dominions in the committee;
Content NoteIncluding: Letter from Sir N. Macready proposing single British committee formed by government to act under French law on war cemeteries; 6 Sep. 1915. Letter from F. Ware proposing a Secretary to the committee; and agreeing to become a member; 27 Sep. 1915 Letter from War Office re agreement that British government would pay for maintenance of war cemeteries in perpetuity; 1 June 1916. MS. memorandum by Sir C. Cartwright re dilapidation and maintenance of British cemeteries in the Crimea; mentioning Cathcart's Hill; and committee of the then Prince of Wales; c. 27 June 1916. Letter from Ware mentioning terms in French law re cemeteries which would allow British to control them; 7 July 1916. Letter from Ware re proposed day for decorating graves of war dead by Mrs Stoneham; 15 July 1916. Minutes of meeting discussing centralisation of cemetery administration for whole Empire in one committee; 25 Sep. 1916. Letter from Lady Ponsonby re 'In Memoriam' day for war dead; 12 Nov. 1916. Letter from Macready to P. Kerr re appointment of Dominion High Commissioners to committee; with reply; 12 and 16 Jan. 1917. Copy of letter from E. Wrench re planting of maple avenue to commemorate Canadian troops; 23 Jan. 1917. Letters offering assistance in fund raising from members of the clergy; 19 and 20 Jan. 1917. Letter from F. Ware to French organisation 'La Cocarde du Souvenir' re scheme for decoration of graves; 16 Mar. 1917. Letter from N. Dawson offering to design inexpensive memorial tablets for cemeteries; 26 Feb. 1917. Letter from bereaved mother requesting free pass to visit grave when war ends; 6 Mar. 1917. Copies of letters from 2 Canadian relatives of dead re care of graves; c. 7 Feb. 1917. Copies of documents from War Office file 45/1/2 'Maintenance of Cemeteries for British Soldiers in France and Belgium'.
Date24/8/1915 - 8/10/1935
Extent1 file

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