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Approval, signing and amendment of the 369th Commission meeting minutes:
a) Publication of ‘Their Name Liveth’
b) Placing of wreaths at memorials in the United Kingdom
c) First annual ceremony for VE Day at the Runnymede Memorial on 11 May 1954.
Visit of the President of the French Republic to Bayeux War Cemetery
Refers to the visit of the President of the French Republic Monsieur Coty to Bayeux War Cemetery, France on 6 June 1954 to mark the 10th anniversary of D-Day.
2nd meeting of the Commonwealth-French joint Committee
Mention that the 2nd meeting of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee would be held on 2 and 3 June 1954 in Paris, including the laying of a wreath at the tablet in Notre Dame and at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Arc de Triomphe.
Tour by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore of Cemeteries in North-West European and French Districts: Report of tour by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O. of cemeteries in North-West European and French districts, including comments about progress of work at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery and other cemeteries in Holland and Germany.
Tour by the Vice Chairman in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Malta and Italy
Report of tour by Vice-Chairman Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L., of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Malta and Italy, including account of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya, and the unveiling of the Malta Memorial.
Vice-Chairmanship of the Commission
Comments that Sir Arthur Longmore had accepted the Commission’s decision for his appointment as the successor of Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith as the Commission’s Vice-Chairman.
Report of the 414th Finance Committee meeting
Item 1 referred to additional expenditure recommended for the cremation memorial at Kohima War Cemetery, India.
Item 4 dealt with the salaries of staff of Canadian Agency which were in accordance with general increase of salaries in Canada.
Item 9 dealt with the supply and erection of headstones in Southern European District, which would complete the work of erecting headstones in Italy, Sicily, Sardinia and Austria.
Item 20 dealt with the construction of Florence War Cemetery, Italy and leads into discussion about colour of painted ironwork and suggestion from the Chairman that the question of the colour of gates in cemeteries should be brought before the Artistic Adviser to decide whether they should be black or blue in colour.
Second meeting of the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee
Mentions that the Commission took note of the paper submitted.
Membership of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee
Refers to the appointment of General Rene Marie Edgar de Larminat as an Honorary Member in place of Marshal Juin; appointment of Monsieur Georges Lahilonne, Directeur de Administration Departmentaleau Ministere de l'Interieur as an Official Member in place of Monsieur Damelon.
Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Comments regarding amended sketch design by Louis de Soissons, O.B.E., R.A., Principal Architect for Italy and Greece, for Florence War Cemetery, Italy.
Examination of sketch design by Louis de Soissons, O.B.E., R.A., Principal Architect for Italy and Greece, for Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece.
Examination of sketch designs for two memorials to be erected at Nairobi War Cemetery, Kenya.
Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Resolution for the Deed of Agreement in duplicate between the Commission and the Corporation of the City of Portsmouth for the maintenance by the Corporation of the gardens and surrounds of the Naval War Memorial at Southsea Common, Portsmouth, for an annual contribution from the Commission of £50.
Purchase of a dwelling house at Peronne, France
Purchase by the Commission of a dwelling house situated at Peronne, No. 17 rue Noir-Lion, France.
Progress report for quarter ended 31 March 1954.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 17 June 1954 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)
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)
T.K. Nandi, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain K.A. Rashid (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
D.K. Malone, Esq., M.B.E. (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.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
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)
Brigadier N.E.V. Patterson (Principal Deputy Director of Works)
H.L. Simmons, Esq. LL.B (Legal Adviser)
O.D. Holt, Esq., B.A. (Principal, Secretarial Branch)
C.B. Fuller, Esq. (Secretary-General, Canadian Agency)