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Approval and signing of the 353rd Commission meeting minutes and matters arising from the minutes:
a) Access to Jerusalem War Cemetery
b) Summary of the meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers in London
c) Permanent maintenance staff
d) Development of edge-cutting machines in the Commission’s Anzac Agency.
Letter from Lord Nathan of Churt
Refers to letter from Lord Nathan of Churt regarding the grave of the son of the late President of Israel and the practice of the widow of a friend of the late President’s son to lay flowers at her husband’s grave in Ramleh Cemetery.
Visit by her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent to Kranji War Cemetery
Mentions the visit by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent to Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore, where she originally planned to visit Labuan War Cemetery but was unable to and so laid a wreath at Kranji instead.
Report of the 398th Finance Committee Meeting and annual estimates for 1953-1954
Mentions the estimate recommended by the Finance Committee for the year 1953-1954 was shown on the three large Schedules which had been laid on the table.
In terms of the report itself:
Item 3 dealt with construction at El Alamein.
Item 5, which concerned the Superannuation Scheme, was a subject to be considered later in the meeting.
Items 26 and 28 dealt with a promotion on the staff at headquarters and with certain alterations in the establishment of staff in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
Superannuation Scheme: Assignments of policies of assurance
Superannuation Scheme: Service in specified countries or places, including a list of countries and dates: Resolution relating to paragraph 9 of the Scheme.
Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee - Appointment of new member
Refers to resignation of Mr J.P. Sigvaldason from the Committee and appointment of Mr. Frederic Hudd, C.B.E. as a member.
Halifax Memorial, Canada
Refers to the proposal for the construction of the Halifax Memorial, Canada in accordance with the design prepared by Professor Percy Nobbs.
Examination of sketch design for Arnhem (Oosterbeek) War Cemetery, The Netherlands.
Examination of sketch design for Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France.
Examination of sketch design for Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium.
General notes: mention that the Commission took note of the paper submitted.
2nd Corps Memorial, Le Cateau, France
Resolution for investment in the fund for the maintenance of the 2nd Corps Memorial, Le Cateau, France.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 15 January 1953 at 11:00am and mention that the meeting of the Finance Committee would be held on the previous day.
Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Smith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
W.H. Bunning, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
L.J. Anstee, Esq. (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)
Trafford Smith, Esq., C.M.G. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
A.B. 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., D.S.I.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Richard Hopkins, G.C.B.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
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)