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Approval, signing and amendment of the 378h Commission meeting minutes:
a) Proposed removal of Gebeit War Cemetery, Sudan
b) Plaque at Addis Ababa War Cemetery, Ethiopia
c) Memorial at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to Prisoners of War
d) Tour by Director of Works Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C.
e) Film Lectures.
Visit of the Royal Highness Princess Margaret to the War Cemetery at Nassau, Bahamas
Refers to visit by H.R.H. Princess Margaret to Nassau War Cemetery, Bahamas, where a shrub was planted.
Election of Sir Hubert Worthington as a Royal Academician
Mentions that Sir Hubert Worthington, O.B.E., A.R.A. the Commission's Principal Architect for Middle Eastern District, had been elected a Royal Academician.
Unveiling of the Saiwan Bay Memorial
Brief account of the unveiling of Sai Wan Bay Memorial, Hong Kong by His Excellency Sir Alexander Grantham, Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Hong Kong on 20 February 1955.
Tour by General Sir John Crocker
Brief account of tour by General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. of India, Pakistan and South-East Asia District.
Report of the 423rd Finance Committee meeting
Item 2 referred to the annual renewal of the authorisation to the Secretary to incur minor of items expenditure without prior reference to the Finance Committee.
Item 3 referred to expenditure to repairs at the Thiepval Memorial and Sangro River War Cemetery.
Item 16 recommended the scheme for the gradual introduction of equal pay for men and women.
Item 17 concerned the preservation of the existing well or, if unsuccessful, the provision of a new well at Knightsbridge War Cemetery.
Membership of the Finance Committee
Resolution for the appointment of the High Commissioner for Australia as a member of the Finance Committee vice the High Commissioner for New Zealand.
Membership of the Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee
Refers to the resignation of W.H. Bunning, M.C. and appointment of J.G. Hale, Private Secretary to the High Commissioner for New Zealand in London.
Examination of sketch design by Ralph Hobday, A.R.I.B.A. for the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom, which was originally going to be erected at Dover.
Examination of sketch design for new shelter at Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria.
Examination of sketch design by Sir Hubert Worthington, O.B.E., A.R.A., as El Alia War Cemetery, Algeria.
Weston Mill and Efford cemeteries, Plymouth
Resolution for the signature and affixation of the Commission’s seal to the Deed of Grant of exclusive rights of burial in the Polish and Czech war graves in Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery and Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devonshire.
Purchase of stock for the General Fund for the Care and Maintenance of Graves of the Fallen.
Resolution for the purchase of stock for the General Fund for the Care and Maintenance of Graves of the Fallen.
Tour by the Australian Ministry for the Interior
Brief account of tour by the Australian Minister for the Interior, the Hon. W.S. Kent Hughes of Anzac Agency District, including Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Singapore. Also includes summary of discussions with Japanese authorities for the site of Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan.
Unveiling of Cross of Sacrifice at Bourail War Cemetery, New Caledonia
Mentions that the Cross of Sacrifice at Bourail War Cemetery, New Caledonia would be unveiled on 8 May 1955 by the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Major General Sir Harold Barrowclough.
Tour by Director of Works of Iraq, Syria, Israel and Jordan
Brief account of tour by Director of Works Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C. of Iraq, Syria, Israel and Jordan, including comments about maintenance problems in cemeteries in Iraq.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Tuesday 26 April 1955 at 11:00am.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
Frederic Hudd, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
W.H. Bunning, 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)
Captain M. Jan (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
D.K. Malone, Esq., M.B.E. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
A.J. Isaac, Esq. (Representing the Minister of Works)
General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., D.L.
Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., D.L.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B.,K.B.E.,D.S.O.,M.C.
General Sir Cameron Nicholson, G.C.B.,K.B.E.,D.S.O.,M.C., A.D.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:
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)