Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/378
File NumberCM 3/1/46
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.378 - February 1955


DescriptionMinutes of the 378th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics discussed:

Mention that as the Vice-Chairman Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore was ill, members elected Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith as Chairman for the meeting.

Approval, signing and amendment of the 377th Commission meeting minutes:
a) Chairman of the South African Agency
b) Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee.

Report of the 422nd Finance Committee meeting
Item 1 indicated progress in the permanent preservation of the Thiepval Memorial.
Item 5 concerned the possible publication of a further book of photographs.
Item 12 dealt with expenses in connection with the unveiling of the Alamein Memorial.
Item 13 referred to adjustments in pay and allowances.
Item 14 referred to public salary allowances in Anzac Agency’s area.

Debate in the House of Commons
Refers to the verbatim report circulated at the meeting for the debate in the House of Commons on 27 January 1955 regarding the Commission’s policy of inviting contributions for personal inscriptions and payment for photographs.

St. Helier War Cemetery, Jersey
Discussion regarding the treatment of graves in St. Helier War Cemetery, Jersey.

Norwegian Memorial in Oslo Western Cemetery to British war dead
Resolution regarding the Commission’s approval for a Norwegian monument to the British war dead in Norway be erected opposite the Commission’s plot in Oslo Western Cemetery, Norway.

Removal of graves to Khartoum New Christian Cemetery
Resolution approving the proposed removal of graves in Gebeit War Cemetery to Khartoum New Christian Cemetery, Sudan.

Plaque at Addis Ababa War Cemetery to commemorate Ethiopian war dead
Discussion regarding proposal to erect a plaque at Addis Ababa War Cemetery to commemorate Ethiopian war dead.

Examination of sketch design by Norman Kates, Student R.I.B.A., for Digboi War Cemetery, India.

Proposal for POW memorial at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Discussion regarding suggested memorial at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to Prisoners of War lost on the Burma-Siam Railway.

Maintenance of Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial, Lowestoft
Resolution for the signing and affixing of the Commission’s seal to the Deed of Agreement in duplicate between the Commission and the Corporation of the Borough of Lowestoft for the maintenance by the Corporation of the immediate surrounds and the bronze panels and register box of the Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial in Belle Vue Park, Lowestoft, for an annual contribution from the Commission of £250.

Progress report for the quarter ended 31 December 1954
Mentions that in searching for isolated graves, some of the 1914-1918 War were still being found along the Western Front in France and Belgium.

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

37th Division Memorial, Monchy-le-Preux, France
Resolution for the investment of funds for the maintenance of the 37th Division Memorial at Monchy-le-Preux, France.

Tour in the Middle Eastern District by Director of Works
Mentions that the Director of Works Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C. had recently returned from an extensive tour of Iraq, Syria, Israel and Jordan accompanied by W. Wynne Mason, Chief Administrative Officer of Middle Eastern District.

Film lectures
Brief account of Commission film lectures held at Aylesbury for the Women’s Section, British Legion (25 January 1955); at Tonbridge (3 February 1955); at West Meon (4 February 1955); at Ringmer (5 February 1955); and at Witney (10 February 1955).

Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 17 March 1955 at 11:00am.

Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., K.C.M.G., D.L. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
Frederic Hudd, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
W.H. Bunning, Esq. M.C. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
J.G Hale, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
C.H. Torrance, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
T.K. Nandi, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Brigadier Shaukhat Ali Shah (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
A.J. Isaac, Esq. (Representing the Minister of Works)
J.S. Bennett, Esq., C.M.G. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., D.L.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.
General Sir Harold Campbell, G.C.V.O., D.S.O.

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:
F.C. Sillar, Esq., C.B.E. (Principal Assistant Secretary)
W.J. Chalmers, Esq., C.B.E. (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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