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The Chairman welcomed Captain G. J. B. Crabb, who was deputising for Major General Knights as representative of the High Commissioner for Australia.
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 424th Meeting
Shipment of the bronze work for the Ottaw Memorial; statement regarding unmaintainable graves in Bonham (St. Benedict) Roman Catholic Churchyard.
The Royal New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Auckland
Details regarding the unveiling of the Royal New Zealand Naval Memorial at Devonport, Auckland, by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, W. Nash, on 24th May 1959.
Report of the 470th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Maintenance at Berlin Communal Cemetery Extension and Uplands Cemetery under the contract of Entreprise Reynes; allocations to Regions for expenditure of Social Welfare.
Modification of the Commission’s title
Discussion regarding the proposed modification of the Commission’s title, whereby Commonwealth would be substituted for Imperial, following the completion of the Commission’s constructional programme.
Unmaintainable graves – United Kingdom: Bonham (St. Benedict) Roman Catholic Chapelyard, Stourton: Approval of the proposed exhumation and transfer of two unmaintainable war graves from Bonham (St. Benedict) Roman Catholic Chapelyard, Stourton, to Wardour Castle Chapel, Tisbury.
Pila Prisoners-of-War Cemetery, Poland
Commemoration of 18 British soldiers buried in collective graves at Pila Prisoners-of-War Cemetery on a “Duhallow” block bearing an inscription in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery.
Dar-es-Salaam (Pugu Road) Native Christian Cemetery
Approval for the proposed removal of the 1914-1918 Screen Wall Memorial from Dar-es-Salaam (Pugu Road) Native Christian Cemetery and its subsequent re-erection in Dar-es-Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery, and commemoration of the names of 6 Second World War dead on the Tanganyika Memorial.
Progress Report and Reports from the Regions and Agencies for the Quarter Ended 31st March 1959
The Chairman referred to Item 7 on the Agenda and said that the Report called for further comment.
Presentation of Colonel Griffin, Regional Director of the Southern Region, to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at a reception at the British Embassy in Rome; attendance of Air Marshal Arthur Longmore and Air Marshal Charles Guest at the Annual Act of Remembrance at the Runnymede Memorial; alteration of the title of the India, Pakistan and South-East Asia Region to Eastern Region; brief account of visit by Air Marshal Guest to cemeteries in Suffolk; account of visit by the Vice-Chairman and Secretary to Germany, which included meetings with Christopher Steel, British Ambassador at Bonn, and the Volksbund, the German War Graves Commission, and to cemeteries in the South-Eastern Area, United Kingdom Region, with specific reference to Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire; details of visit by W. Wynne Mason, Assistant Secretary (External Relations), to cemeteries in Tehran and Abadan, as well as those in Cairo, the Canal Zone, Alexandria and Alamein.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Campbell Moodie (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Captain G. J. B. Crabb (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
E. A. Broadbridge (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
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
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
General Sir Charles Loewen GCB KBE DSO ADC
John Hogg TD
W. J. Chalmers CBE
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 OBE BSc (Chief Horticultural Officer)
P. J. Cook