Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/315
File NumberWG 1831/257


DescriptionMinutes of the 315th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:
Death of Major-General Sir Fabian Ware
Various tributes given by attendees and a resolution for a Commission headstone to be placed on Sir Fabian’s grave in Amberley Churchyard.

Apologies for absence
The Secretary of State for the Colonies, neither Mr Seel nor Mr Cade being able to attend;
The High Commissioner for Australia, neither Mr. Duffy nor Mr. Sprange being available;
Sir William Halcrow

St. George’s Day Ceremonies at Dover (St. James) Cemetery on 23 April 1949.
Report on the ceremonies and proceedings, including visit accompanying Lady Keyes to unveil the memorial designed by Edward Maufe and erected by Lady Keyes to the memory of her husband and her son.

Vice-Chairman’s visit to Cambridge R.A.F. Cemetery
Mention of recent visit with comments about the shelter building designed by Edward Maufe.

Ceremony at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian Cemetery
Report of important ceremony held to mark the fourth anniversary of the German surrender to the Canadian Army in the Netherlands, with mention on completion of horticultural programme and construction by the time of the ceremony.

Jerusalem War Cemetery
Unchanged situation in Palestine meaning continued disruption to the Commission’s work in Jerusalem War Cemetery.

Springvale War Cemetery, Australia
Mention of photographs received from Brigadier Brown of Anzac Agency showing completed construction work in Springvale War Cemetery.

Report of the 359th meeting of the Finance Committee
Items 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 reported progress in headstone construction.
Item 15 concerned an allocation of money for the provision of uniform for manual and certain other grades or staff in the French, North-West European and Southern European Districts.
Item 17 concerned the promotion of Mr A. Lewis Watson to be Secretary-General of Canadian Agency.
Item 19 referred to recent proceedings of the Joint Negotiating Committee for the French and North-West European Districts
Item 20 referred to the modification of Maufe’s design for the Chatham Naval Memorial, involving omitting two bronze groups in the front of the extension and replacing them by large stone flower boxes.
Item 21 referred to repairs of the Australian Memorial to the Missing at Villers Bretonneux.

Secretary’s tour to East Africa
Report mentions proposals for memorial at Port Sudan; issue of location of Nairobi (Ngong Road) Cemetery; abandonment of marking African native graves at Kisumu Native Cemetery; graves at Pugu Road Cemetery; graves at Ilala (Manyama) Cemetery; 1939-1945 memorial to the missing at Nairobi; African burials at Hargeisa Cemetery; commemoration of African burials at Dire Dawa (Harar Road) African Cemetery; construction of cemeteries at Asmara and Keren.

Examination of sketch design by Philip D. Hepworth, F.R.I.B.A., Principal Architect for North-West Europe, for Leubringen (Calais) Canadian Cemetery, France.

Examination of sketch designs submitted by Anzac Agency for Bourail (New Zealand) War Cemetery, New Caledonia, and Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, New Guinea.

Purchase of stock – General fund for the care and maintenance of the graves of the fallen

Purchase of stock – 49th and 62nd (West Riding) Divisions

Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 16 June 1949 at 11:00am.

Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Smith, V.C., K.C.B. (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)
W.B. England, Esq., M.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
J.W. Balding, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
A.A. Moore, Esq. (Representing the Minister of Works)
General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O.
Colonel The Rt. Hon. The Lord Wigram, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., C.S.I.
Lieut.-Colonel Sir Herbert Ellissen, C.B.E.
General Sir James S. Steele, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.

Edward Maufe, Esq., R.A. (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)

F. Higginson, Esq., C.M.G. (Secretary)

Also in attendance:
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Principal Assistant Secretary)
W.J. Chalmers, Esq. (Assistant Secretary)
R.W. Bateman (Director of Works)
O.D. Holt, Esq. (Principal, Secretarial Branch)
H.P.R. Foster, Esq., O.B.E. (Legal Assistant)
W.K.K. Kinnear (Chief Records Officer)
Lieut.-Colonel R.W. Murphy, O.B.E. (Chief Administrative Officer, United Kingdom District)
Date4/5/1949 - 29/6/1949
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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