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The Chairman welcomed Air Vice-Marshal A. M. Murdoch, who was representing the High Commissioner for Australia and attending a Commission Meeting for the first time.
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 431st Meeting
Proposal for the maintenance of German war graves in the United Kingdom and establishment of a German war cemetery at Cannock Chase.
Visit by Lord Spens to cemeteries in Cornwall
Report on visit by Lord Patrick Spens to cemeteries in Cornwall, which included details about the condition of cemeteries controlled by local authorities, with specific reference to Falmouth Cemetery.
Details and approval of the revised estimate of expenditure for the year 1959-1960 for First and Second World War graves; comments concerning decreases in annual expenditure since 1952-1953; estimate of the expenditure for the year 1960-1961 for First and Second World War graves.
Report of the 476th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure for the provision of glazed doors for the shelter feature of the Dunkirk Memorial; the vehicle replacement programme for 1960-1961; employment of staff during 1960-1961 and changes in rates of pay and allowances.
Modification of the Commission’s Title
Authorisation from the Queen regarding the alteration of the Commission’s title from the Imperial War Graves Commission to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Unmaintainable Graves, United Kingdom - Widnes Cemetery, Lancashire
Approval for the re-erection of two Commonwealth headstones with explanatory superscription in the Garden of Rest in Widnes Cemetery.
Provision of Crosses of Sacrifice for Canadian Agency
Arrangements for the supply and erection of Crosses of Sacrifice in Fort Massey Cemetery, Canada and Montgomery (Oakwood) Cemetery, United States of America.
Approval of the sketch design for Cracow War Cemetery and Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery designed by Mr by J. D. Cox, ARIBA;
Beccles Road Cemetery, Lowestoft
Acquisition of the exclusive right of burial in a First World War grave in Beccles Road Cemetery.
3rd Meeting of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee
Mentions a paper which gave an account of the third meeting of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee Which had been held in Yokohama on 30 September 1959. Arrangements for this meeting had been made by Brigadier Brown, Secretary-General of the Anzac Agency, to coincide with one of his regular visits to Japan.
Reports on Remembrance Ceremonies held during November, including one held in Jerusalem War Cemetery.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Campbell Moodie (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Air Vice-Marshal A. M. Murdoch CBE (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 K. T. Parnaik (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
The Right Hon. Lord Spens KBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
John Hogg TD
W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)
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