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The Chairman welcomed General Hugh Stockwell, new Adjutant-General and successor to General Charles Loewen as member of the Commission;
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 427th Meeting
Mentions photographs of the unveiling of the Ottawa Memorial were distributed among Commission Members.
Visit by the Vice-Chairman and Lady Crocker to the Annual Reunion and Flower Show at Arras
Account of visit by the Vice-Chairman to the Annual Reunion and Flower Show at Arras.
Visit by Lord Spens to Northern Region
Details of visit by Lord Patrick Spens to cemeteries in Holland and Belgium, with specific reference to damage caused by drought at Kasterlee War Cemetery.
Visit by Air Marshal Charles Guest to cemeteries in Scotland and Northern Ireland
Note concerning visit by Air Marshal Charles Guest to cemeteries in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Visit by the Secretary to the USA and Canada
Report on visit by the Secretary to four cemeteries in the United States and tour in Canada, which included attending the unveiling of the Ottawa Memorial, meeting with the Commission’s Canadian Agency, and visiting 31 different cemeteries across the country.
Report of the 473rd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Authorisation for maintenance work in France under contract with Entreprise Reynes; appointment of one Head Gardener and three Gardeners to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; maintenance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery; payment of increases in pensions for retired staff; revision of pay rates for horticultural, transport, and horticultural supervisory staff, and overseas allowances in France; appointment of Miss Pollock as Welfare Officer; expenditures concerning construction at the new Area Office of the Netherlands and Germany Area.
Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committees
Appointment of Rear Admiral A. van Karnebeek, Flag Officer Personnel, Ministry of Defence, as Netherland Official Member of the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee; appointment of Keith Brennan, Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, and Saeed Akhtar, First Secretary at the Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo, as Commonwealth Members; appointment of Shitharo Yasukawa, Ministry of Finance, as Japanese Member of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee.
Dranoutre Churchyard, Belgium
Approval of the proposed removal of the existing Cross of Sacrifice at Dranoutre Churchyard.
Approval of the revised sketch design for Trincomalee War Cemetery and design for the construction of a memorial in Kingston (Up Park Camp) Military Cemetery by Mr R. Hobday, OBE, FRIBA.
Sale of Wooburn Hostel, Wooburn Green, Bucks
Details concerning the sale of Wooburn Hostel owing to the reduced number of staff at Wooburn Green.
Maintenance of 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment Memorial, St Jean-Le-Ypres, Belgium
Refers to financial arrangements for the maintenance of the 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment Memorial at St. Jean-les-Ypres, Belgium.
Progress Report and Reports from the Regions and Agencies for the Quarter ended 30th June 1959.
Report on the condition of the cemeteries at Eye, Sandwick and Bragar following Air Chief Marshal Arthur Longmore’s visit; photographs of Narvik New Cemetery were distributed among the Commission Members; recount of visit by Sir Harold Gillett, Mayor of London, to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.
Scheduling of a Special Meeting of the Commission on 11th November 1959 to formally decide on the proposed modification of the Commission’s title.
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)
Major E. K. Hari Krishna (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain E. K. Afridi (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
P. J. Kitcatt (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. Lord Patrick Spens KBE GC MP
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
John Hogg TD
General Sir Hugh Stockwell, GCB, KBE, DSO, ADC
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)
W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Chief Horticultural Officer)
P. J. Cook