Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/424
File NumberCM 3/1/92
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.424 - April 1959


DescriptionMinutes of the 424th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matter arising from the Minutes of the 423rd Meeting
Expression of thanks from the Chairman to Mr Mohammed Ikramullah, former High Commissioner for Pakistan; decision by the Director of Works following visit to Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery and Bone War Cemetery that the proposed realigned of headstones was unnecessary.

The death of Andre Siegfried, former Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee, was reported.

The Ottawa Memorial
Details of the unveiling of the Ottawa Memorial by Queen Elizabeth.

Demonstration at Brookwood Military Cemetery
Account of demonstration of the experiments to clean and preserve headstones at Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Report of the 469th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Maintenance at Vertain Communal Cemetery Extension and Grand Seracourt British Cemetery under contract with Entreprise Reynes; rebuilding and repair of the surrounding walls at Drummond Cemetery; alterations to the design of Khayat Beach War Cemetery and subsequent construction costs; increased expenditures in the construction of Klagenfurt War Cemetery and Harar Catholic Mission Cemetery; erection of a Cremation Memorial and other repairs at Basra War Cemetery; annual grant provided to the Ypres British Settlement.

Joint Committees
Appointment of Rene Lefebvre, Minster of the Interior, as a Belgian Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee; appointment of Dr Ferdinand von Bismarck-Osten, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as German Official Member of the Commonwealth-German Joint Committee.

Unmaintainable graves in the United Kingdom – Leeds General Cemetery
Approval for the proposed removal of Commission headstones from Leeds General Cemetery and the commemoration of those war burials on a Screen Wall in Leeds (Lawnswood) Cemetery.

Gilgil War Cemetery, Kenya – Water supply
Approval for the provision of a water supply at Gilgil War Cemetery, which included the construction of a storage tank and water pipeline.

Approval of the sketch designs for the Tanganyika Memorial designed by H. E. Jenner, ARIBA, and erection of a new entrance at Dar-es-Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery.

Report of a Special General Meeting of the South African Agency
Account of the proceedings at a Special General Meeting of the South African Agency, which included the survey of scattered graves in municipal cemeteries and in local and farm burial grounds.

General Notes
Recount of visit by the Belgian Prime Minister to the ceremony of the sounding of the Last Post at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial; recount of visit by the Major-General Steedman, Director of Works, to the Southern Region Headquarters in Egypt and cemeteries in Libya and Tunisia; proposal to exhume and relocate two war graves in a Chapelyard adjoining Bonham House on the Bonham Estate of Lord Nowbray and Stourton to Wardour Castle Chapel, Tisbury.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Campbell Moodie (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Major-General R. W. Knights OBE (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
E. A. Broadbridge (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Lieutenant-Colonel M. S. Chatterjee (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain K. K. Afridi (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)
The Right Hon. Sir Patrick Spens KBE GC MP
G. O. Sylvester MP
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE

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))
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser)
W. F. W. Harding OBE 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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