Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/345
File NumberCM 3/1/13
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.345 - February 1952


DescriptionMinutes of the 345th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Approval and signing of the 344th Commission meeting minutes.

Death of His Majesty King George VI
Refers to the death of His Majesty with a brief summary about his involvement with the Commission’s work and resolution of condolence to Their Majesties The Queen, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Queen Mary, and the letter of condolence addressed to His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, President of the Commission.

High Commissioner for Pakistan
Mention that His Excellency Mr Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola had been succeeded by His Excellency Mr. M.A.H. Ispahan as High Commissioner for Pakistan and as a member of the Commission.

Film lectures in Scotland and at Ambleside
Summary of film lectures about the Commission’s work delivered by the Principal Assistant Secretary F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. to audiences at Edinburgh and Ambleside, United Kingdom.

Merchant Navy Memorial Bill
Mention that the Merchant Navy Memorial Bill had passed its second reading in the House of Commons without opposition.

Report of the 389th Finance Committee meeting
Item 1 said that in the course of Brigadier Obbard's recent visit the Director of Works had been able to revise the schedule of permissible construction costs in the India, Pakistan and South East Asia District.
Item 3 said that the sculpture of the bronze eagle for the Air Forces Memorial in Malta had been entrusted to Mr Charles Wheeler, R.A.
Item 4 summarised adjustments in the staff of the Works Department so that they could more readily undertake the work which lay ahead.
Item 5 indicated the additions to rates of pay which had just been brough into operation in the Civil Service were being applied to the Commission's staff in the United Kingdom and overseas.
Item 17 referred to the construction of Gauhati War Cemetery in India.
Item 19 showed that the contract for the bronze name panels for the Naval Memorial at Portsmouth had now been let.
Item 23 that major maintenance work to 31 out of 49 cemeteries and memorials of the 1914-1918 War in the French District had been completed at a total cost within the amount authorised.

The Commission’s 32nd Annual Report
Mentions that proof copies were circulated and suggestion that there be a mention of the death of King George VI included in the report.

Tower Hill Memorial to the Missing
Resolution to amend the paper that was submitted to the 342nd Meeting of the Commission held on 15 November 1951 relating to the Tower Hill Memorial to the Missing Merchant Navy 1939-1945 Extension.

Examination of sketch design for Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy.

Progress report for the quarter ended 31 December 1951
Mentions that since the end of the period recorded in the report, 1400 names for the first Cemetery Register had been sent to the printers.

West Road Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Resolution for Deeds of Grant in duplicate vesting in the Commission the exclusive burial rights in the graves of members of the forces of ex-enemy nations in West Road Cemetery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.

Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial
Deed of Grant from the Corporation of Lowestoft to the Commission to erect and maintain a memorial to the Royal Naval Patrol Service on a site in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft, United Kingdom.

General notes regarding paper submitted, including comment about maintenance of graves in Norway.

Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 20 March 1952 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.E. 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)
Captain K.A. Rashid (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
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.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.

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

F. Higginson, Esq., C.M.G.

Also in attendance:
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Principal Assistant Secretary)
W.J. Chalmers, Esq. (Assistant Secretary)
Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C. (Director of Works)
H.L. Simmons, Esq. (Legal Adviser)
O.D. Holt, Esq. (Principal, Secretarial Branch)
A.S. Laing, Esq. (Private Secretary to the Secretary)
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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