Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/293
File NumberWG 1831/235
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.293 - June 1947


DescriptionMinutes of the 293rd Meeting of the Commission.
Content NoteTopics covered:

Brief update on the question of the dates of termination for the Second World War, including that the Commission’s proposals had been placed before all participating governments and that the Evening Standard had recently published a statement that M.P's were saying that the Government were considering fixing, by Order of Council, the 31st December 1947 as the terminal date of the recent war.

Italian Stone
Update on the question of Italian Stone which was settled the very next day after the last Meeting, when the Foreign Office replied officially that they had no objection to the use of Italian Stone for headstones in Egypt and North Africa, and the Commission were therefore able to go ahead.

July Meeting of the Commission
Mentions that after discussion it was agreed that the 294th Meeting of the Commission should be held at Brookwood Military Cemetery.
Visit of the Secretary-General of the Commission’s Anzac Agency
Update on Brigadier Brown’s recent visit to England, including that he had visited Colonel Osborne, Head of the Commission’s Canadian Agency, on his return journey to Australia.

Report of the 337th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Item 4 indicated progress with contracts for headstone beams for the United Kingdom.
Item 5 dealt with the stone carving machines.
Item 12 referred to a memorandum by the Director of Works on constructional work at the Military and R.A.F. Cemeteries, Brookwood.

Negotiations with the Transport and General Workers’ Union
Update on negotiating process and resolution that the proposed Constitution of the Imperial War Graves Commission Joint Negotiating Committee as, further amended and initialled by the Vice-Chairman be now approved under the terms of the said Resolution.

Memorials To Those Who Have No Grave – British Commonwealth Land Forces
Update on the question of the memorials to the missing to be erected for the Second World War and mention that the Commission proposed to ask the Army Council for their views in pursuance of the decision of the Commission at their 288th Meeting.

Battle Exploit Memorials
Mention that the Commission were asked to give formal approval to recommendations of the Battle Exploits Memorials Committee respecting the projects of five units for Commemorative Monuments overseas. Brief overview of the setup of the Battle Exploit Memorials Committee and resolution that the Commission approve the recommendation of the Battle Exploits Memorials Committee in regard to:
2nd Division Memorial, Kohima, India;
15th (Scottish Division) Memorial, Mondrainville, Normandy;
52nd (Lowland) Division Memorial, Islands of South Beveland and Walcheren, Holland;
46th Division Memorial, Salerno and Meldola;
Central India Horse Memorial, Terrini, Italy.

Date of next meeting
Next meeting of the Commission was fixed for Thursday 17 July 1947, at 3.30 p.m. in the Canadian Building at Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Major-General Sir Fabian Ware, K.C.V.O., K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., LL.D. (Vice-Chairman, in the Chair)
J.P. Sigvaldason, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
V.C. Duffy, Esq., M.V.O. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
C. Knowles, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
I.T. Meyer, Esq., (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
Colonel W.F. Rendell, C.B.E. (Representing the Government of Newfoundland)
R.S. Mani, Esq., I.C.S. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
R.C. Cade, Esq. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.
Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B.
Colonel Sir John Shute, C.M.G., D.S.O., J.P.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O.
Harold Neal, Esq., M.P.

There were also present:
Lieut.-Colonel Sir Frederic Kenyon, G.B.E., K.C.B.
Lieut.-Colonel Sir Herbert Ellissen, C.B.E. (Adviser on Post-War Organisation and Reconstruction)
Sir William Halcrow, M.lnst., C.E. (Honorary Consulting Engineer)
Brigadier F. Higginson, C.M.G. (Controller)
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Assistant Secretary, Finance)
Lieut.-Colonel R.W. Bateman (Director of Works)
Brigadier J.K. McNair, C.B.E.
E.J. King, Esq., M.C.
Major W.K.K. Kinnear (Acting Director of Records)
Captain H.P.R. Foster (Legal Assistant)
Date3/6/1947 - 1/8/1947
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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