Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/352
File NumberCM 3/1/20
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.352 - October 1952


DescriptionMinutes of the 352nd Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Welcome to Brigadier Ata Muhammad Khan Brigadier, Senior Military Liaison Officer to the High Commissioner for Pakistan, who was attending a Commission meeting for the first time.

Death of Lady Ware
Refers to the death of Lady Ware and an account of her funeral service at Amberley on 8 October 1952.

Matters arising from the 351st Commission meeting minutes
a) Jerusalem War Cemetery
b) Collective memorial proposed for Hitcham (All Saints) Churchyard, Suffolk, United Kingdom
c) Report of visit by Sir Patrick Spens to cemeteries in French district, with particular mention of Nancy Southern Cemetery.

Visit by the Vice-Chairman and the Secretary to Holland
Refers to visit by the Vice-Chairman Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Smith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L., and the Secretary Frank Higginson, Esq., C.M.G., to Holland, including comments about Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and meeting with the Netherlands Joint Committee.

Unveiling of the Chatham Naval Memorial 1939-1945 Extension
Report of unveiling of the Chatham Naval Memorial 1939-1945 Extension by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh.

Unveiling of the Liverpool Naval Memorial
Mention that the Liverpool Naval Memorial would be unveiled by Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday 12 November 1952.

Remembrance Day 1952
Discusses arrangements for Remembrance Day 1952, including ceremonies at Paris, Brussels and Westminster Abbey as well as a broadcast talk on the BBC Home Service by the Chairman on Sunday 9 November 1952.

Report of the 396th Finance Committee meeting
Item 5 dealt with the supply of headstones for graves in the Faroe Islands.
Item 7 concerned expenditure on pedestals for bronze plaque memorials at Chittagong and Maynamati War Cemeteries.
Item 8 referred to the assistance from the Assam Oil Company in constructing two hundred pedestals and other work in Digboi War Cemetery, India.
Item 10 mentioned progress in Nicosia War Cemetery, Cyprus.
Item 14 dealt with the horticultural layout of the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, United Kingdom
Item 17 referred to a successful meeting of the Joint Negotiating Committee.
Item 19 recommended an ex-gratia award to Mr A. Mackenzie on account of an injury sustained on duty.

Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee
Resolution to appoint a Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee to consist of 8 Honorary Members and 12 Official Members appointed by the Commission.

Membership of the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee
Refers to the resignation of Mr A. Roland Holst from the Joint Committee and that His Excellency Dr. D.U. Stikker, G.B.E. was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee.

Examination of sketch design by Philip D. Hepworth, F.R.I.B.A., Principal Architect for North-West Europe, for Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany, with comments regarding the omission of the front pediments of the shelter, the new gate to replace the rabbit-wire panels at the entrance of the 1914-1918 cemetery.

Examination of sketch design for Taukkyan War Cemetery and Memorial, Rangoon, India, Pakistan and South-East Asia District, including suggestions for the omission of the pool in the central rotunda.

Indian Army monuments
Discussion regarding proposed central monuments for Indian sections in Yokohama British Commonwealth War Cemetery and Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery.

Memorials to the Missing – Land Forces
Mention of proposal for the El Alamein Memorial to the Missing and the names for Diego Suarez to be commemorated on the Mombasa Memorial.

Commission’s office in South Eastern Region
Authority for a new tenancy agreement for the occupation of two rooms on the first floor of the premises of Martins Bank Ltd., 88, High Street, Orpington, Kent, at an annual rent of £50 as the Regional Office of the Commission.

General notes: Mention that members took note of the paper submitted.

Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 20 November 1952 at 11:00am.

Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Smith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L. (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.B. 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)
Brigadier Ata Muhammad Khan (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O.
Sir Patrick Spens, K.B.E., Q.C., M.P.
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. LL.B (Legal Adviser)
O.D. Holt, Esq. (Principal, Secretarial Branch)
A.S. Laing, Esq. (Private Secretary to the Secretary)
W.K.K. Kinnear, Esq., M.B.E. (Chief Administrative Officer, United Kingdom District)
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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