Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/419
File NumberCM 3/1/87
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.419 - November 1958


DescriptionMinutes of the 419th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Report of the death of William Halcrow, Honorary Consulting Engineer for the Commission, and departure of Dr J. E. Holloway, who served as High Commission for South Africa in London and was to be succeeded by Dr A. J. R. van Rhijn.

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 418th Meeting
Account of the unveiling ceremony for the Brookwood Memorial; details of the unveiling of the Hargeisa Memorial by Sir Theodore Pike, Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Somaliland Protectorate; report on the annual Gardeners’ Service in Westminster Abbey.

Report of the 463rd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Approval for the use of limestone in the construction of the Ottawa Memorial; expenditure relating to the maintenance of Foncquevillers Military Cemetery and Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension; appointment of Major D. S. Cilliers as Secretary to the South African Agency and promotion of Mr Laing to Chief Assistant Establishment Officer following the retirement of Mr Kirton, Chief Accountant.

39th Annual Report of the Commission
Refers to the adoption of the Report and Statement of Accounts of the Commission for the year ended 31 March 1958.

Tanooma Chinese Cemetery, Iraq
Refers to the commemoration of 227 unidentified men of the Chinese Labour Corps known to be buried in Tanooma Chinese Cemetery on a plaque on the Screen Wall in Basra War Cemetery.

Stockport Borough Cemetery, Lancashire
Refers to the agreement between the Stockport Borough Cemetery Company Limited and Commission for the exclusive right to erect and maintain a memorial in Stockport Borough Cemetery that commemorated thirteen First World War casualties buried in common graves and 49 servicemen whose remains were cremated during the Second World War.

Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee
Appointment of Mr Leon Mayrand, Canadian Ambassador at Rome, as Commonwealth Honorary Member and Mr J. V. Scott, Counsellor at the office of the High Commissioner for New Zealand in London, as Commonwealth Official Member of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee.

Progress Report for the Quarter Ended 30 September 1958
Report on the progress of construction of 44 cemeteries or plots, with specific reference to ten cases at Bougie, Tel-el-Kebir, Damascus and seven sites in Indonesia, including Ambon, where work had yet to be started.

General Notes
Impressions of Sir Arthur Rucker during tour in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, which included visits to the Area Offices at Velp and Arras; replacement of Field Marshal Lord Alexander as Chair at the Second Meeting of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee by Sir Ashley Clarke, United Kingdom Ambassador at Rome; talk by Mr W. F. W. Harding, the Commission’s Chief Horticultural Officer, on the BBC programme “In Your Garden”.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
J. W. L. H. Lavigne (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)
Lieutenant Colonel M. S. Chatterjee MC (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)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
The Right Hon. Sir Patrick Spens KBE GC MP
George Sylvester MP
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
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))
Major-General J. F. D. Stedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser)
W. F. W. Harding BSC (Chief Horticultural Officer)
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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