Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/357
File NumberCM 3/1/25
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.357 - March 1953


DescriptionMinutes of the 357th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Welcome to Brigadier Shaukat Ali Shah who was attending his first Commission meeting as the representative of the High Commissioner for Pakistan.

Approval and signing of the 356th Commission meeting minutes and matters arising from the minutes: Mentions that the 33rd Annual Report of the Commission would be published on 31 March 1953.

Tour of Windward and Leeward Islands by Lord Munster
Summary of report of tour of Windward and Leeward Islands by Lord Munster, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Colonial Office, with question over whether the graves there would be concentrated at some point in future.

Tour of cemeteries in Eastern District by Sir Hubert Worthington
Refers to a tour of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia completed by Sir Hubert Worthington, Principal Architect for North Africa, including comments about the new site selected for the Malta Memorial outside Valetta.

Report of the 401st Finance Committee meeting
Item 3 dealt with the big problem of major maintenance work in France.
Item 5 referred to the construction of Belgrade War Cemetery.
Item 16 covered expenditure for bronze statuary groups for the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Item 17 referred to the acceptance of the tender for Forli Indian Army War Cemetery, Italy, which would be the first Indian Army cemetery to be constructed.

Membership of the Finance Committee
Refers to the replacement of the High Commissioner of India with the High Commissioner of Pakistan as a Member of the Finance Committee in accordance with arrangements agreed in 1951.

First meeting of the Commission-French Joint Committee
Refers to the proceedings of the meeting and includes a reading of a letter received from the Minister of the Interior, Monsieur Moyersoen.

Commonwealth-French Joint Committee: Organisation and terms of reference
Discussion outlining of organisation and terms of reference of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee.

War Graves Agreements
Comments regarding Egyptian Agreement; difficulties of reciprocity in Indonesia; negotiations regarding acquisition of Park site in Yokohama which had been acquired by contributions raised by Japan by children all over Japan as a memorial to the dead of the Russo-Japanese War.

Examination of sketch design for Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium.

Examination of sketch design for Venray War Cemetery, Holland.

Maintenance of 1914-1918 Merchant Navy Memorial
Agreement regarding a lighting installation for and the regular sweeping and washing of the 1914-1918 Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill, United Kingdom.

General notes
Mentions flooding of graves at Foulness.

Membership of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee
Refers to the resignation of Monsieur Didkowski from the Committee and the appointment of Monsieur Mattei, Director in the Ministere des Anciens Combattants, as a member of the Committee.

Purchase of property at 15 Place Victor Hugo, Arras
Resolution for the purchase of property at 15, Place Victor Hugo, Arras, by the Commission.

Tour of India, Pakistan and South-East Asia by the Director of Works
Refers to the tour undertaken by Director of Works Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C., with comments about cemeteries at Imphal, Digboi, Kohima, Rangoon, Taiping, Akyab, Meiktila, Karachi, Kirkee, Madras, Kanchanaburi, Chungkai, Stanley, Lae and Port Moresby.

Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 23 April 1953 at 11:00am.

Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
Frederic Hudd, Esq., C.B.E. (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 Shaukat Ali Shah (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
E.B. David, 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., C.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)
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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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