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Approval and signature of the 386th Commission meeting minutes
a) Appointment of Mr W. Wynne Mason and Lieutenant-Commander A.K. Pallot as Assistant Secretaries to the Commission
b) First Meeting of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee
c) Mentions that the roll of the Civilian War Dead would be handed over to Westminster Abbey in February 1956
d) Mentions that all mines had been removed from Jerusalem War Cemetery
e) Visit to Anzac Agency by the Vice-Chairman Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O.
Report of the 431st Finance Committee meeting
Item 1 dealt with the estimated expenditure for the year 1956-1957.
Item 2 recommended for the appointment of two Assistant Secretaries.
Item 4 dealt with four appointments, three of which were consequential on the appointment of Mr Wynne Mason and Lieutenant Commander Pallot to be Assistant Secretaries. The appointment of Mr Arnott as Chief Assistant Establishment Officer and of Mr Jack to be Chief Administrative Officer, Middle Eastern District.
Item 6 recommended expenditure on the construction of Hamburg Cemetery, Germany.
Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee: First Meeting
Brief account of the report of the first meeting of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee, including negotiations for the Commission’s immunity to taxation in respect of its motor transport in Italy.
Publication of Cemetery and Memorial Registers
Brief report of progress of the publication of cemetery and memorial registers, including completion of registers for East Africa and Anzio Beach Head War Cemetery, as well as comments about the work of Dr Ian Dron, the editor of the registers.
Coxyde Military Cemetery: Offer of a garden seat
Resolution accepting the offer of a teak garden seat from Mrs K. Orchiston for use in Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Refers to the British Legion pilgrimage to Ypres in October 1955 with mention of a copy of “Their Name Liveth” given to each attendee. Also refers to the Remembrance Day ceremony at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Remembrance Day at Prague, a memorial service held on Veterans' Day at Greenwood Cemetery, USA and a visit of the Secretary-General of Anzac Agency to war graves in Indonesia.
Maintenance of Veterans’ graves in Canada
Refers to arrangements made for a committee to be created to see what could be done to improve the standard of maintenance of Veterans' and war graves in Canada.
Awards by the 'Souvenir Francais' to Mr J Travers-Hill and Mr J Harris
Mentions that the Council of the "Souvenir Francais" in Paris had awarded the bronze medal of the Society to two members or the Commission's staff working in St. Omer in the French District, Head Gardener J. Travers-Hill and Gardener-Caretaker J. Harris.
Unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice in Suva War Cemetery, Fiji
Mentions that His Excellency the Governor or Fiji, Sir Ronald Garvey, unveiled the Cross or Sacrifice in Suva War Cemetery on 6 November 1955.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at Fossvogur Cemetery, Iceland
Brief account of Remembrance Day service at Fossvogur Cemetery, Iceland on 6 November 1955.
Correspondence in the Press about the Title of the 'Runnymede Memorial'
Brief discussion about correspondence in the press about the title of the 'Runnymede Memorial’.
Retirement of Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith
Refers to the retirement of Admiral Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, V.C., K.C.B., K.C.M.G., D.L., from the Commission.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 19 January 1956 at 11:00am.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
J.M. Henderson, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
J.G. Hale, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
D.V. Serrurier, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
T.K Kandi, 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., K.C.M.G., D.L.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Patrick Spens, K.C.B., Q.C., M.P.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
General Sir Harold Campbell, G.C.V.O., D.S.O., R.N.
Sir Arthur Rucker, K.C.M.G., C.B., C.B.E.
F. Higginson, Esq., C.B., C.M.G.
Sir Edward Maufe, Esq., R.A. (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)
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)
Lieutenant Commander A.K. Pallot, R.N. (retired) (Chief Assistant Establishment)
C.R. Kirton, Esq., M.B.E. (Chief Accountant Officer)
O.D. Holt, Esq., (Principal, Secretarial Branch)