Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/358
File NumberCM 3/1/26
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.358 - April 1953


DescriptionMinutes of the 358th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Approval and signing of the minutes of the 357th Commission meeting.

Death of Her Majesty Queen Mary
Refers to news of Her Majesty’s passing, with transcripts of letters of condolences sent out to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and the responses received from both members of the Royal Family.

Matters arising out of the minutes of the 357th Commission meeting
a) Tour of the Leeward and Windward Islands by Lord Munster
b) Use of bronze plaques in Burma
c) War Graves Agreements.

Appointment of Mr Trafford Smith as Lieutenant-Governor of Malta
Resolution referring to the appointment of Commission member Mr Trafford Smith as Lieutenant-Governor of Malta.

Election of Mr Louis De Soissons as a Royal Academician
Mention that Mr Louis de Soissons, the Commission's Principal Architect for the Southern European District, had been elected a Royal Academician.

Unveiling of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial 1939-1945 Extension
Mentions that the unveiling of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial 1939-1945 Extension by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother would take place on Wednesday 29 April 1953.

Unveiling of the Lee-on-Solent Fleet Air Arm Memorial
Mentions that the unveiling of the Lee-on-the-Solent Fleet Air Arm Memorial by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent would be held on Wednesday 20 May 1953.

33rd Annual Report of the Commission
Mentions that the 33rd Annual Report of the Commission was published on Tuesday 31 March 1953 with short notices in The Times, The Manchester Guardian, The Scotsman, and The Aberdeen Press and Journal.

Article in the Danish publication 'Vore Kirkgarde'
Mention that there was an article about the Commission’s work featured in the Danish publication ‘Vore Kirkgarde’.

Report of the 402nd Finance Committee meeting
Item 1 dealt with the printing of the permanent record of the Civilian War Dead.
Item 4 dealt with the extension of the Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia.
Item 5 concerned the purchase of new premises in the Place Victor Hugo in Arras, France.
Item 15 dealt with the provision of a water supply at Fayid War Cemetery, Egypt.
Item 20 recommended expenditure on constructional work at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney.

First meeting of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee
Summary of the first meeting of the Joint Committee, for which a report was circulated at the meeting.

Examination of sketch design for Trincomalee Combined Services Cemetery, Ceylon.

Examination of sketch design for Colombo (Liveramentu) Cemetery, Ceylon.

Examination of sketch design for Kandy War Cemetery, Ceylon.

Examination of sketch design for Beirut 1939-45 War Cemetery, Lebanon.

42nd Quarterly Report of maintenance of the war graves in the United Kingdom
Refers to the retirement of Mr Samuel Burkey.

Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon
Resolution for Deed granting to the Commission the exclusive right to erect and maintain in perpetuity a Cross of Sacrifice in the 1939-45 Services Plot at Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon, Surrey.

Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 21 May 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)
D. 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)
Brigadier Shaukat Ali Shah (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
E.B. David, Esq. (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., C.S.I.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.

Sir William Halcrow, M. Inst. C.E. (Consulting Engineer)
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)
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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