Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/429
File NumberCM 3/1/97
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.429 - October 1959


DescriptionMinutes of the 429th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

The Chairman welcomed Lieutenant-Colonel Fahim Ahmad Khan, who was representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan.

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 428th Meeting
Approval of the proposed removal of the Cross of Sacrifice at Dranoutre Churchyard, Belgium.

Death of Mr S W R D Bandaranaike Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and External Affairs, Ceylon: The death of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon and Ceylon Agency of the Commission, was reported.

Membership of the Commission
Appointment of Iain Macleod, who succeeded Mr Lennox-Boyd as Secretary of State for the Colonies, as Member of the Commission.

Visit by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore to the Southern Region (Italy and Austria)
Account of visit by Air Chief Marshal Arthur Longmore to cemeteries in Italy and Austria with reference to the replacement of wooden crosses and tree-felling in First World War cemeteries and note on signatures in the Visitors’ Books.

Visit by Admiral Sir John Edelsten to Cemeteries in Scotland
Details of visit by Admiral John Edelsten to cemeteries at Cowie, Fettercairn, Laurence Kirk and Banchory in Scotland.

Visit by the Vice-Chairman
Recount of visit by the Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Deputy Regional Director of the United Kingdom and Area Superintendent of the Northern Area to cemeteries in the Republic of Ireland, including those in County Kildare.

Report of the 474th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Approval of accounts submitted as part of the Annual Report and Accounts for 1958/59; maintenance at Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery and Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery under contract with Entreprise Reynes; construction of Leros War Cemetery and Rhodes War Cemetery; concentration of graves in Sudan to Khartoum War Cemetery; provision of workshop and store accommodation for Works and Horticulture at the Estaires Area Office.

40th Annual Report of the Commission
Amendments to the 40th Annual Report for the Commission prior to its publication and adoption of the Report and Statement of Accounts of the Commission for the year ended 31st March 1959.

Commonwealth-French Joint Committee
Appointment of Rene Cassin, Vice-President of the Council of State, as French Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee.

Provision of a Stone of Remembrance-Winnipeg (Brookside) Cemetery, Canada
Approval of the proposed provision of a Stone of Remembrance at Winnipeg (Brookside) Cemetery with discussion about arrangements for the security of tenure of the site and responsibility for its future maintenance.

Digboi War Cemetery, India
Authorisation for Brigadier Reginald Hugh Perry to complete the land tenure agreement at Digboi War Cemetery.

Windows at Regional Headquarters, Northern Region, Arras, France
Authorisation for Brigadier Croxton Sillery Vale, Regional Director of the Northern Region, to complete the agreement for the addition of windows at the Regional Headquarters in France.

General Notes
Report concerning the visit of Princess Alexandra to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Chungkai War Cemetery; note that the aAnual Service in St. George's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, when Gardeners from the war cemeteries laid a wreath at the Tablet to the Dead of the two Wars, had been arranged for 12 noon on Friday 6 November 1959.

Glasgow (Cardonald) Cemetery
agreement between the Commission and Craigton Cemetery Company Limited to grant the exclusive rights of burial in the Services Plot and sites of certain Allied and ex-enemy graves at Glasgow (Cardonald) Cemetery.

Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee Meeting to be held at Bonn on 22nd October 1959
Refers to arrangement for the Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee Meeting to be held at Bonn on 22nd October 1959.

Remembrance Day Broadcast
Mentions that the Chairman was invited to make the usual broadcast on Remembrance Day, which would be for five minutes in the B.B.C. Home and General Overseas Services at 10.25 a.m. on Sunday 8 November 1959.

Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Proposal concerning the removal and replacement of two walls at Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension by a fence and hedge.

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)
F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
Lieutenant-Colonel M. S. Chatterjee MC (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Lieutenant-Colonel Fahim Ahmad Khan (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
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
General Sir Hugh Stockwell GCB KBE DSO ADC

W. J. Chalmers CBE

H. D. Morgan MSc MICE (Consulting Engineer)

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)
P. J. Cook
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CategoryMeeting Notes
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