Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/409
File NumberCM/3/1/76
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.409 - December 1957


DescriptionMinutes of the 409th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 408th Meeting
a) Publication of the 38th Annual Report on 11th December
b) Account of the unveiling inauguration of the Delhi Memorial and Karachi Memorial by Sir Patrick Stens
c) Postponed unveiling of the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial.

Report of the 453rd Meeting of the Finance Committee: Annual Estimates for 1958-59
Estimate for the year 1958-59 and revised estimate for the year of 1957-58, including details of underspending in 1957-58 due to delays in construction and maintenance work, savings resulting from the revaluation of the French franc and special measures by the Commission to restrict expenditure; estimated cost of further maintenance work for the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, which consisted of damage and staining of the panels, renewing the lighting on the stairwells and replacement of a bronze gate; erection of a Cross of Sacrifice at Kingston (Cataraqui) Cemetery;

Joint Committees
Appointment of Baron Dr E. O. van Boetzelaer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and retirement of Dr H. Daniels, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Official Member of the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee; appointment of Mr D. P. McGuire, CBE, Australian Minister in Rome, and retirement of Dr W. de Vos Malan, South African Ambassador in Rome, as Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee.

Approval of the sketch design for construction work at Kingston (Up Park Camp) Military Cemetery, which included a screen wall commemorating unmaintainable First World War graves located in Jamaica and the erection of a Cross of Sacrifice in relation to Second World War graves.

Approval of the sketch designs for the Memorial in Palmietkuil South Native Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa, designed by Messrs. Gordon Leith & Partners.

Approval of the sketch design for the Nigeria Memorial designed by R. Hobday, ARIBA, which commemorated Second World War servicemen whose graves were unmaintainable and took the form of a Screen Wall behind the existing 1914-1918 Memorial.

Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France
Refers to the approval of the lease for the land adjoining Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France, which was required to protect the cemetery from sand encroachment.

Office premises โ€“ Central Area, United Kingdom Region
Authorisation granted to the Area Superintendent, Central Area, United Kingdom Region, to sign a tenancy agreement for additional rooms at the Area office at Harrogate.

General Notes
Report regarding Remembrance Day ceremonies held in November and clearance of mines in Jerusalem War Cemetery on Mount Scopus; details for the unveiling ceremony for the Rangoon Memorial, which was to be carried out by General Festing, former Commander of the 36th Division; death of Lieutenant-Colonel E. H. Jarvis, former Deputy Director of Works at the Commission between 1920 and 1940, was reported.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
E. J. B. Foxcroft (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
E. A. Broadridge (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
Major E. K. Hari Krishna (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain S. M. Akhtar (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
S. H. Field (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
A. J. Isaac (Representing the Minister of Works)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
The Right Hon. Sir Patrick Spens KBE GC MP
Captain Sir Harold Campbell GCVO DSO RN
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE

W. J. Chalmers CBE

Sir William Halcrow M. Inst. CE (Consulting Engineer)
Sir Edward Maufe RA FRIBA (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)

Also in attendance:
W. Wynne Mason MC (Assistant Secretary (External Relations)
A. K. Pallot (Assistant Secretary (Finance and Establishments))
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser)
W. F. W. Harding BSc (Chief Horticultural Officer)
A. S. Laing
R. I. Mill
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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