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Welcome to Mr S.H. Field who was representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies.
Approval and signature of the 397th Commission meeting minutes – Matters arising out of the minutes
a) Visit to Lae War Cemetery and Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh
b) 37th Annual Report of the Commission and Accounts.
Mentions that Mr L.R. McIntyre, who had often represented the High Commissioner for Australia at meetings of the Commission, had been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Commonwealth of Australia at Djakarta.
Annual estimates for 1957-1958
Discussion regarding report of the 442nd Finance Committee meeting: annual estimates for 1957-1958.
Item 2 recommended the acceptance of a tender for the construction of Maynamati War Cemetery.
Item 3 concerned the purchase of premises for the Area Office at Arras.
Item 4 concerned the purchase of premises for the Anzac Agency Office at Melbourne.
Examination of sketch design by R. Hobday, A.R.I.B.A. for Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, United Kingdom.
Maintenance of War Graves in Brighton Borough Cemetery, Sussex
Resolution approving the signature and affixation of the Commission’s seal to the Counterpart Agreement embodying the arrangements mode for the maintenance of the Services Plots and the war graves of both Wars in the Brighton Borough Cemetery to be entered into between the Commission, and the Mayor Alderman and Councillors of the Borough of Brighton.
Political situation in the Middle East
Summary of political situation in the Middle East, including estimated costs of damage at Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.
Amalgamation of Southern European and Middle Eastern Districts
Description of amalgamation of Southern European and Middle Eastern Districts.
Mentions that the paper dealt principally with reports of Ceremonies of Remembrance in War Cemeteries in various countries overseas.
Purchase of premises at No. 60, Route de Bapaume for Area Office, Arras
Resolution for the purchase of the premises at No. 60, Route de Bapaume, Arras for the Commission’s Area Office, Arras.
Remembrance Day Broadcast
Refers to a report received from the producer of the BBC programme “Their Name Liveth” broadcast on Remembrance Day stating that the programme received a large number of listeners.
Date of next meeting scheduled for Thursday 17 January 1957 at 11:00am.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, G.C.B., D.S.O. (Vice-Chairman in the Chair)
S.D. Pierce, O.B.E. (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
J.G. Hale, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
F.W. Thomashoff, Esq. (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
Lieutenant-Colonel M.M. Singh (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain S.M. Akhtar (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
S.H. Field, 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.B.E., Q.C., M.P.
George Sylvester, Esq., M.P.
General Sir John Crocker, G.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., M.C.
Captain Sir Harold Campbell, G.C.V.O., D.S.O., R.N.
Admiral Sir John Edelsten, G.C.B., G.C.V.O., C.B.E.
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest, K.B.E., C.B.
W.J. Chalmers, Esq., C.B.E.
Also in attendance:
W. Wynne Mason, Esq., M.C. (Assistant Secretary (External Relations))
A.K. Pallot, Esq. (Assistant Secretary (Finance and Establishments))
Major-General J.F.D. Steedman, C.B.E., M.C (Director of Works)
R.I. Mill, Esq.