Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/199
File NumberWG 1831/141
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.199 - November 1936


DescriptionMinutes of the 199th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Mentions various letters of thanks received for the Chairman’s report on his visit to Cologne, and from Sir Isaac Isaacs’s tour of the cemeteries. Various ceremonies recently held in France and Belgium reported on.

Refers to several reproductions of the Commission’s plaque to the Million Dead which were sent to groups in Canada following the positive reaction to those sent earlier to Australia.

The seventh annual report from the Ypres British School was received - the school was flourishing. The Commission’s exhibit at the Johannesburg Exhibition had been well-received. Exchange of telegrams with the Italian War Graves Service following Italian Armistice Day. The Vice-Chairman announced his forthcoming tour to Egypt, Rome and Athens.

Mentions the Vice-Chairman would speak on the radio after the two minutes’ silence on Armistice Day followed by Mr. Prynn, head gardener at Loos. Colonel Vanier to speak during Children’s Hour. Gardeners to attend the Festival or Remembrance with wreaths made from flowers grown in the war cemeteries.

Report Of The 256th Meeting Of The Finance Committee
Discussion about Commission’s Superannuation Scheme. Stepping down of Mr. Thomas Allin from the Committee. Proposal to fly both the Union Jack and the French Flag from the Somme Memorial. Sir Edwin Lutyens fully agreed with the idea. Discussion about the implementation of Exchange Relief and its effect on staff. At least six months’ notice to be given. Proposal brought forward more questions before finally approved.

The Vice-Chairman’s Visit To Cologne
Mentions that the Vice-Chairman’s report of his visit to Cologne and Major Chettle’s report had been circulated.

Appointment Of Consulting Engineer
Mentions Sir George W. Humphreys had accepted the invitation take the honorary position of Consulting Engineer to the Commission.

Anglo-Egyptian War Graves Convention
Mentions preliminary negotiations were to take place with the Egyptian Government for the formation of this committee. Proposed to ask the Egyptian Government to agree to Egyptian members – not just British members as previously.

Loyal North Lancashire Memorial, Cerny-en-Laonnois
Refers to arguments for and against the removal of this monument to the Vendresse British Cemetery which were presented. Commissioners unanimously refuse the move as it would depart from the Commission’s principles, would be artistically undesirable, and as ownership of the land had only recently been granted it might be misinterpreted.

Employment Of The Sons Of Gardener Caretakers
Commissioners agreed to recruit more gardeners from the families of existing ones. All would have to be British and fluent English-speakers.

25th Meeting Of The Staff Committee
Messrs. Lawson and Kerck had visited France to discuss two small difficulties. No disciplinary measures to be taken with Head Gardener Mr Cox, but no further action could be taken for the hardship case caused by the question of exchange relief.

Major-General Sir Fabian Ware, K.C.V.O., K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., LL.D. (Vice-Chairman, in the Chair)
Lieut.-Colonel A. F. Rawson Lumby, C.I.E, O.B.E. (Representing the Secretary of State for India)
E. Macleod, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
V.C. Duffy, Esq., M.V.O. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
G. Knowles, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
G. W. Klerck, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
The Hon. Sir Edgar Bowring, K.C.M.G. (Representing the Government of Newfoundland)
Lieut.-General Sir George Macdonogh, G.B.E., K.C.B., K.C.M.B.
Admiral Sir Morgan Singer, K.C.B., K.C.V.O.
J.J. Lawson, Esq., M.P.
W.P. Spens, Esq., O.B.E., K.C., M.P.

Also present:
Colonel Sir George W. Badgerow, C.M.G., C.V.O., M.D., F.R.C.S. (Canada)
Lieut.-Colonel Sir Frederic Kenyon, G.B.E., K.C.B.
Lieut.-Colonel C.P. Oswald, C.M.G., O.B.E. (Assistant Secretary, Finance)
Lieut.-Colonel H.F. Robinson, C.M.G., (Director of Works)
Captain H.P.R. Foster
F.C. Sillar, Esq.
F. Tyrrell, Esq., M.B.E.
B.S. Conyngham Greene, Esq.
O. Holt, Esq.
Date22/10/1936 - 16/12/1936
Extent1 file
CategoryMeeting Notes
ArchNotePlease note that the downloadable document is the final version of the Committee Meeting minutes. Additional information, including the verbatim minutes and subsidiary reports, may be available in the physical file.
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