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Apologies for absence
Sir Patrick Spens
Mr Moore, the representative of the Minister of Works
Captain Chopping, the representative of the High Commissioner for Pakistan
Mr. Edward Maufe
Sir William Halcrow.
Welcome to General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., A.D.C., at his first Commission meeting.
Approval and signing of the 331st Commission meeting minutes
a) Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing – letters sent to participating governments and comment from the Chairman that the United Kingdom government may wish to give it a national character
b) Question of graves in the Irish Republic
The Secretary’s tour
Summary of tour of Canada, New Zealand and Australia by the Secretary Brigadier Frank Higginson from October 3 to November 2.
Construction in Norway
Summary of findings from A. Macfarlane, Deputy Director of Works, following his tour of Norway to inspect the Commission’s programme of construction.
Reburial of General Orde Wingate in America
Refers to statement made by the Secretary of State for War in the House of Commons.
Screening of the Commission’s film
Mention that the film was shown with a short introduction by Mr Sillar after the unveiling of a memorial plaque in the British Legion Hall at Cavendish, Suffolk.
Refers to general review of all War Graves Agreements with foreign governments.
Report of the 376th Finance Committee meeting (annual estimates 1951-1952)
Refers to report on annual estimates presented to Members at the Meeting.
Graves of Members of Commonwealth Forces dying in Korean Operations
Discussion regarding the Commission’s position on the marking and maintenance of graves of Members of Commonwealth Forces dying in the conflict in Korea.
Placing Commission headstones on graves in the UK already marked by private memorials
Discussion around the Commission’s policy regarding placing Commission headstones on graves in the United Kingdom already marked by a permanent private memorial.
Proposal by the Abbot of Mondaye
Refers to proposal by the Abbot of Mondaye to put the cloisters of his monastery at the disposal of non-Roman Catholics for the purpose holding services and his intention to undertake perpetual prayers for all the dead of the British Commonwealth irrespective of their religion.
Examination of sketch design for cemetery construction by Phillip D. Hepworth, F.R.I.B.A., Principal Architect for North-West Europe, for Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy, France.
Examination of sketch designs for cemetery construction by Phillip D. Hepworth, F.R.I.B.A., Principal Architect for North-West Europe, for Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery and Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Items of interest
Unveiling of Cross of Sacrifice at Haddington (St. Martin’s) New Burial Ground, East Lothian
Visit to Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery by General de Lattre de Tassigny on 22 October 1950 Remembrance Day ceremonies in Paris, Brussels, Rome and Oslo
Unveiling of Cross of Sacrifice at Geraldton War Cemetery, Australia, on 1 October 1950.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 18 January 1951 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)
W.H. Bunning, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
Major-General W.G. Stevens, C.B., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
H.J. Neethling, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
W.B. England, Esq., M.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
J.E. Marnham, Esq. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
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., D.S.I.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Richard V.N. Hopkins, G.C.B.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Herbert Ellissen, C.B.E.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., A.D.C.
Also in attendance:
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Principal Assistant Secretary)
W.J. Chalmers, Esq. (Assistant Secretary)
R.W. Bateman, Esq. (Director of Works)
H.P.R. Foster, Esq., O.B.E. (Legal Assistant)
O.D. Holt, Esq. (Principal, Secretarial Branch)
A.S. Laing, Esq. (Private Secretary to the Secretary)