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Matter arising from the Minutes of the 417th Meeting
Considerations for the purchase of an alternative premises for the Netherlands and Germany Area Offices; pending decision regarding the material to be used in the construction of the Ottawa Memorial; amendment of the Hargeisa Memorial’s unveiling date to 2nd November 1958; commendation of Mr Grady, Area Superintendent, in connection with the improved condition of First World War cemeteries in Macedonia.
Report of the 462nd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Submission of Accounts of the Commission for the year ended 31st March 1958 for approval for the Annual Report; maintenance of Puchevillers British Cemetery under special contract with Entreprise Reynes; costs relating to the maintenance of Sofia War Cemetery, construction of a memorial in Palmietkuil, South Native Cemetery and Port of Spain (St. James) Military Cemetery, Trinidad, and reconstruction of native lines at Port Moresby (Papua) War Cemetery; estimate of costs for the construction of Khayat Beach War Cemetery.
Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey – Entrance from Pirbright Road
Approval of the proposed construction for a new entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery from Pirbright Road.
Exhumation of Italian war dead
Refers to the surrender of the burial rights of graves previously occupied by Italian war dead following the exhumation and transfer of the remains to Brookwood Military Cemetery.
Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee
Appointment of Dr Andrea Lo Jacono, Ministry of Public Works, as Italian Official Member and Admiral John Edelsten and Air Marshal Charles Guest as Commonwealth Official Members of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee.
Commonwealth war graves in the USSR
Report on the condition of Commonwealth war graves in the Soviet Union and inability for Commission officials to visit the graves.
Account of ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Britain held in Chester (Blacon) Cemetery and Clichy New Communal Cemetery; account of the annual Pilgrimage of the Airborne Forces Security Fund to Arnhem; preparations for the annual Gardeners’ Service in Westminster Abbey, National Service for Seafarers and annual ceremony at El Alamein War Cemetery; details of arrangements and Order or Ceremony for the unveiling of the Brookwood Memorial; showing of the Commission’s film in Portsmouth; dedication of the American Memorial Chapel, St. Paul’s Cathedral; report by the Regional Director, Northern Region, on cemeteries and war graves in Poland and Czechoslovakia.
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 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
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
John Hogg TD
W. J. Chalmers CBE
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))
H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser)
Brigadier N. E. V. Patterson OBE (Principal Deputy Director of Works)
A. S. Laing
P. J. Cook