Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/369
File NumberCM 3/1/37
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.369 - April 1954


DescriptionMinutes of the 369th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Comments about the portrait of Her Majesty the Queen which had been placed on the wall in the Committee Room.

Approval, signing and amendment of the 368th Commission meeting minutes:
a) 34th Annual Report of the Commission
b) Second meeting of the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee
c) Photographs of cemeteries containing Australian graves.

Publication of ‘Their Name Liveth’
Comments about the publication ‘Their Name Liveth’ which was due to be published later in April 1954.

Death of Mr F.T. Sprange, O.B.E.
Refers to the death of Mr F.T, Sprange, O.B.E., who had represented the High Commissioner for Australia on the Finance Committee from 1935 until Australia was replaced by New Zealand on the Committee in 1952.

Removal of graves in Saigon War Cemetery
Refers to the removal of graves in Saigon War Cemetery, Indo-China, to Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore, which was completed on 31 March 1954.

Official War Histories
Refers to the presentation of Official War Histories volumes respectively from Australia and New Zealand to the Commission.

Tour of Italy and Greece by the Director of Works
Report of tour of Italy and Greece by the Director of Works Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C., including comments about the construction and maintenance of cemeteries in Italy and meeting the new Area Superintendent Mr Stephen Grady in Salonika.

Report of the 413th Finance Committee meeting
Item 1 referred to 27 additional names to the appointments to the permanent staff.
Item 6 dealt with the supply of a bronze coat of arms for the Czechoslovak memorial in Brookwood Military Cemetery.
Item 7 was concerned with the construction of Arnhem Oosterbeck War Cemetery.

Discussion regarding the Commission’s policy on photographs, including of cemeteries and memorials and individual headstones and the practical issues surrounding these areas.

Placing of wreaths and flowers at memorials in the United Kingdom
Discussion regarding placing of wreaths and flowers at memorials in the United Kingdom, including comments from Sir Edward Maufe, R.A., F.R.I.B.A., Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser, that he had deliberately made stone recesses for floral tributes to be placed and that he did not favour the proposed troughs for placing flowers and wreaths.

Marking of Chinese War Graves in Gauhati War Cemetery
Mention of Indian Government communicating with the Chinese Government on the marking of Chinese war graves in Gauhati War Cemetery, India.

Examination of sketch design by Sir Hubert Worthington, A.R.A., Principal Architect for North Africa, for Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya.

46th Quarterly Report for the maintenance of war graves in the United Kingdom
Comment that the only constructional work remaining to be done was the erection of small screen walls and the fixing of a number of commemorative panels in crematoria.

General notes
Mention that the Commission took note of the paper submitted.

Date of next meeting scheduled for Tuesday 18 April 1954 at 11:00am, owing to the unveiling of the Plymouth Naval Memorial by Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret taking place on Thursday 20 May 1954.

Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
E. McCarthy, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
W. Wynne Mason, Esq., M.C. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
D.V. Serrurier, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
D.N. Chatterjee, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain K.A. Rashid (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
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.
Sir Patrick Spens, K.B.E., Q.C., M.P.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
D.K. Malone, Esq., M.B.E. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)

Sir William Halcrow, M. Inst. C.E. (Consulting Engineer)
Sir Edward Maufe, Esq., R.A., F.R.I.B.A. (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)

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

Also in attendance:
W.H. Bunning, Esq., M.C.
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)
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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