Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/417
File NumberCM 3/1/85
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.417 - September 1958


DescriptionMinutes of the 417th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matter arising from the Minutes of the 416th Meeting
Report on damaged headstones in Baghdad North Gate Cemetery and erection of a machine gun by the Lebanese Army in Tripoli (Victoria) Cemetery; request for tenders for the use of limestone and granite in the construction of the Ottawa Memorial.

Report of the 461st Meeting of the Finance Committee
Authorisation for expenditures relating to construction and maintenance work in Phaleron War Cemetery and the Athens Memorial, Bethune Town Cemetery, Choloy War Cemetery and Chocques Military Cemetery, and replacement of Botticinio headstones in Tunisia and Libya; further expenditure relating to maintenance work under contract with Entreprise Reynes; report of Actuarial Valuation, which disclosed a deficiency; expenditures in connection with the unveiling of the Brookwood Memorial; revision of currency and local allowances in France.

Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee
Appointment of Mr Kazuhide Komuro, Chief of British Commonwealth Section, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Morio Oikawa, Chief of General Affairs Bureau, Yokohama City Office, and Mr R. Duder, Counsellor, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, as members of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee.

Maintenance of Commonwealth war graves in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika
Details of arrangements with the Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika for the to undertake responsibility for the maintenance of war graves.

Digboi War Cemetery, Assam
Approval for the removal of Commonwealth war graves located at Digboi War Cemetery to an adjacent site.

Miami (Grand Army of the Republic) Cemetery
Proposal concerning the erection of a memorial to 15 Cadets of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve buried in Miami (Grand Army of the Republic) Cemetery, United States of America.

Awards of certificates for long service – manual staff of Commonwealth nationality
Approval for the awarding of certificates for longer service to manual staff in the Northern Region with more than twenty years’ service.

Sheffield Memorial Park, Serre, France
Financial arrangements for the reconstruction and maintenance of Sheffield Memorial Park at Serre, France.

Office premises – South Western Area, United Kingdom Region
Authorisation for Fergus Watson, Area Superintendent, South Western Area, United Kingdom Region, to complete the agreement for the Commission’s occupation of the office premises of the South Western Area, UK Region.

Report of the 31st Annual Meeting of the South African Agency
Details of the last phase of the construction program in South Africa at four cemeteries in Cape Province.

General Notes
Account of visit by the Indian Ambassador at Paris to cemeteries in France; preparations for a ceremony in Adegem Canadian War Cemetery; details of the British Legion Pilgrimage to Normandy; preparations for the unveiling of the Brookwood Memorial; details of Sir Arthur Rucker’s tour of cemeteries in Southern England; account of visit by Air Marshal Charles Guest in Northern Scotland and the islands; recount of Admiral John Edelsten visit to cemeteries and memorials in Belgium, Holland and Germany; attendance by the Vice-Chairman and Lady Crocker to the Annual Reunion and Flower Show at Arras; details of tour by the Vice-Chairman and Director of Works to Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Campbell Moodie (Representing the High Commission for Canada)
Major-General R. W. Knights OBE (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 P. Sikand (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
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
John Hogg TD

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)
Brigadier D. R. Agnew CBE CD LLD (Regional Director, United Kingdom Region)
W. F. W. Harding BSC (Chief Horticultural Officer
A. S. Laing
P. J. Cook
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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