Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/431
File NumberCM 3/1/99
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.431 - November 1959


DescriptionMinutes of the 431st Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

The Chairman announced that Captain G. J. B. Crabb was representing the High Commissioner for Australia in place of Major-General R. W. Knights, who was returning to Australia for another appointment.

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 429th Meeting
Announcement regarding the publication of the 40th Annual Report; visit by HRH Princess Alexandra to cemeteries in Thailand; account of annual Gardeners’ Service in Westminster Abbey; report on the Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee; text of the Remembrance Day broadcast distributed.

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 430th Meeting
Comments regarding statement released to the Press.

Unveiling of the Ottawa Memorial
Photographs of the unveiling of the Ottawa Memorial received from the Canadian Agency passed among Members.

Visit by Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest to Cemeteries in Germany
Account of visit by Air Marshal Charles Guest to cemeteries in Germany, which included meetings with the Regional Director and Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee.

Visit by the Director of Works to Cemeteries in Northern Region Belgium and Northern France
Report of visit by the Director of Works to cemeteries in Belgium and Northern France to inspect the general state of maintenance and current standard of upkeep.

Visit by the Chief Horticultural Officer to Egypt and Cyrenaica Area
Report of visit by the Chief Horticultural Officer to all Commonwealth war cemeteries in Egypt and Cyrenaica except for Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, with reference to recent difficulties in Egypt due to the Suez Crisis, re-examination of the planting scheme in Second World War cemeteries, and the annual Commonwealth ceremony at El Alamein War Cemetery.

Report of the 475th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure involved with structural maintenance at Canonne Farm British Cemetery; construction of metal railings and gate and bronze tablet at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery; misappropriation of Commission funds by a locally engaged clerk; provision of worked granite for the construction of the Nigeria Memorial, Lagos.

Unmaintainable Graves, United Kingdom - Brunswick Methodist Church Burial Ground, Portwood, Stockport, Cheshire
Approval to remove four Commonwealth war graves from Brunswick Methodist Church Burial Ground in Portwood, Cheshire, and commemoration of the same six casualties on the Screen Wall in Stockport (Willow Grove) Cemetery.

Approval of the sketch design for Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery designed by Mr J. A. Stewart, ARIBA, and subsequent construction of the cemetery.

Purchase of Treasury Stock for the maintenance on an agency basis of Battle Exploit (Regimental and Unit) Memorials.

Maintenance of 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders memorial, Beaumont-Hamel Somme
Refers to financial arrangements for the maintenance of the 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel, France.

Report of the second meeting of the Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee.

Progress Report and Reports from Regions and Agencies for the Quarter ended 30th September 1959.

General Notes
Report on the showing of the Commission’s film and Remembrance ceremonies held in the Northern Region.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KB, DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Captain G. J. B. Crabb DSC RAN (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)
Major E. K. Hari Krishna (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)
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
G. O. Sylvester MP
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
John Hogg TD

W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)

Sir Edward Maufe RA FRIBA (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)

Also in attendance:
W. Wynne Mason MC ((Assistant Secretary) Director of External Relations and Records)
A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Finance and Establishments)
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser and Solicitor)
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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