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Approval and signature of the 389th Commission meeting minutes
a) Recovery of General Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson
b) Report on progress of visit of Anzac Agency by the Vice-Chairman Sir Arthur Longmore
c) Mentions that photographs of the Unveiling of the East Africa Memorial and of General Cunningham laying a wreath at the commemorative tablet in Addis Ababa War Cemetery and visiting Diredawa War Cemetery were passed round and that Duke of Gloucester, as President of the Commission, had written to the Emperor of Ethiopia thanking His Majesty for the kindness with which General Cunningham and those accompanying him had been treated during their visit.
d) Presentation of the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster on 21 February 1956
e) Comments by the General Secretary to the British Legion regarding the maintenance of isolated graves.
Report of the 434th Finance Committee meeting
Item 4: Mr M.J.W. Taylor had been promoted to Chief Assistant Establishment Officer.
Item 5: Recommendation of 27 additional appointments for permanent maintenance staff.
Item 18: Expenditure for a further sum of £300 for the publication of the second part of the second volume of “Their Name Liveth”.
Membership of the Finance Committee
Resolution that the High Commissioner for India be appointed a member of the Finance Committee for the period ending 31 March 1959 vice the High Commissioner for Pakistan.
War Graves in Berlin
Resolution that the 1939-1945 war graves situated in the Berlin (Olympischestrasse) British Cemetery be removed to Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.
Examination of sketch designs by Mr W. F. Stewart, B.Sc., A.R.I.B.A., for Cos, Leros and Rhodes War Cemeteries, Southern European District.
Maintenance of private memorial to Major M.R. Wingate
Resolution for the transfer of stock for the maintenance of the private memorial to Major M.R. Wingate at Lagnicourt, Pas-de-Calais, France.
Mentions that Mr C.T. Moodie, formerly been in charge of External Affairs at the Australian High Commissioner’s Office in London, had been one of the visitors to Thanbyuzayat previously mentioned; account of visits by H.M. Ships to Narvik and Ceuta.
Endowment Fund Income
Resolution regarding the Commission’s Endowment Fund Income.
Mentions that the nomination of Sir Arthur Rucker and Mr W.J. Chalmers as new Trustees of the Superannuation Scheme, approved at the Commission’ s 388th Meeting in January 1956, had now been completed and was dated 29 February 1956.
Signature of the Commonwealth – German War Graves Agreement
Discussion regarding the signature of the Commonwealth-German War Graves Agreement on 5 March 1956.
Mr W.D. Sweaney
Mentions that Mr W. D. Sweaney was being transferred to another department of the Colonial Office and would therefore not be attending future meetings of the Commission.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 19 April 1956 at 11:00am.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. (In the Chair)
Frederic Hudd, Esq., C.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
J.M. Henderson, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
Brigadier H.E. Gilbert, D.S.O., O.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
D.V. Serrurier, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
K.R. Narayanan, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain S.M. Akhtar (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
W.D. Sweaney, Esq. (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
A.J. Isaac, Esq. (Representing the Minister of Works)
The Rt. Hon. Sir Patrick Spens, K.C.B., Q.C., M.P.
Captain Sir Harold Campbell, G.C.V.O., D.S.O., R.N.
Sir Arthur N. Rucker, K.C.M.G., C.B., C.B.E.
Admiral Sir John Edelsten, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., C.B.E.
Sir Frank 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)
A.K. Pallot, Esq. (Chief Assistant Establishment Officer)
O.D. Holt, Esq., (Principal, Secretarial Branch)