Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/216
File NumberWG 1831/158
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.216 - June 1938


DescriptionMinutes of the 216th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Minutes of the last meeting approved.

Welcome to Captain Marais, who had been Secretary of the Commission’s South African Agency since 1925 and was in England to discuss matters affecting war graves in South Africa.

Mentions letter of thanks received from Lady Singer for the Commission’s Resolution of Condolence.

Announcement of the death of Mr E.H. Wilson, Area Inspector for North-Western Area of England, on 22 May.

Announcement that the formal warrant for the appointment of General C.G. Liddell, Adjutant General, as a member of the Commission had been submitted to The King.

Discussion over proposal for Admiral Sir Howard Kelly to be appointed successor to Sir Morgan Singer.

Announcement that Mr Gill, Horticultural Officer in the Ypres Area, had received an M.B.E. in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

Refers to press coverage of South African pilgrimage which was received by The King and Queen at Buckingham Palace on 2 June. The pilgrims had also visited Richmond Cemetery, before departing on a tour of France and Belgium, including a ceremony at Delville Wood.

Report of service held at Brookwood Cemetery on American Memorial Day (30 May). Mentions letter received from Major Cohen, Treasure of the British Legion, expressing dissatisfaction at contrast between American and British graves.

Report of ceremony for the unveiling of the Rose Window in St. Martin’s Cathedral, Ypres, by The King of the Belgians, with Colonel Higginson representing the Commission.

Report of visits by pilgrims over the Easter Holidays to cemeteries and memorials in Belgium and France.

Update on the number of visitors signing Visitors’ Books: during the month of May it was 8,480. The corresponding figure for May 1937 was 11,561.

Report Of The 273rd Meeting Of The Finance Committee
Adoption of the Report, and also mentions sales of the Immortal Heritage had amounted to £277 and sales of the Cemetery Registers to the value of £45,000.
Reference to Item 12, which dealt with the establishment of Brigadier Prower at Wimereux, and also Item 13, which dealt with the placing of a large order of headstones for France and Belgium.

Report Of The 18th National Conference Of The Volksbund At Breslau
Refers to Major Chettle’s report on proceedings, with transcript of letter from Mr Hore Belisha recorded in the Minutes for the Commission Meeting.

Names Of The Architects On The Memorials To The Missing
Discussion regarding proposal for the inclusion of the names of the Commission’s architects on the memorials designed by them.

Discovery And Reburial Of Bodies In France And Belgium
Refers to figures before the Meeting, noting slight rise in figures for the last few weeks.

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)
Lieut.-Colonel G.P. Vanier, D.S.O., M.C. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
S.R. Skinner, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
E.K. Scallan, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
Lieut.-General Sir George Macdonogh, G.B.E., K.C.B., K.C.M.G.

There were also present:
Captain J.G. Marais (Secretary, South African Agency, I.W.G.C.)
Lieut.-Colonel C.P. Oswald, C.M.G., O.B.E. (Controller and Assistant Secretary, Finance)
Lieut.-Colonel H.F. Robinson, C.M.G. (Director of Works)
Major H.F. Chettle, C.M.G., O.B.E. (Director of Records)
F. Tyrrell, Esq., M.B.E.
B.S. Conyngham Greene, Esq.
O. Holt, Esq.
Date19/5/1938 - 18/7/1938
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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