Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/435
File NumberCM 3/1/103
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.435 - March 1960


DescriptionMinutes of the 435th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 434th Meeting
Announcement in the Press regarding the agreed extension of the Vice-Chairman’s role.

Visit by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore to Bermuda, The Bahamas and Jamaica
Account of visit by Air Chief Marshal Arthur Longmore to Prospect Hill Military Cemetery, Bermuda Royal Naval Cemetery and Somerset Military Burial Ground in Bermuda, Nassau War Cemetery in the Bahamas, and Kingston (Up Park Camp) Military Cemetery in Jamaica.

Visit by the Vice-Chairman, accompanied by Regional Director, Northern Europe and Senior Architect to Gibraltar: Report of visit by the Vice-Chairman, Regional Director of the Northern Region and Senior Architect to cemeteries and memorials in Gibraltar, including Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery and isolated graves in South-West Spain and Madrid British Cemetery.

Visit by Secretary to Southern Region (Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Lebanon)
Details of visit by the Secretary to cemeteries at Benghazi, Acroma, Tobruk, Sollum, Alamein, Alexandria, Cairo, Suez, Tel-el-Kebir, Ismailia, Moascar, Fayid and Port Said; negotiations regarding the removal of Minia War Memorial Cemetery; discussion regarding the future of Moascar War Cemetery; report of vandalism of the Indian Memorial at Port Tewfik and Australian and New Zealand Light Horse Memorial; details about the Commission’s attempts to regain possession of Jerusalem War Cemetery.

Tour by Chief Horticultural Officer in East Africa
Recount of tour by W. F. W. Harding, Chief Horticultural Officer, of the cemeteries and graves in Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Zanzibar and Ethiopia.

Report of the 479th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure relating to the maintenance of the Arras Memorial; allowances concerning the salaries of the Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary of the Anzac Agency; costs concerning the construction of Maynamati War Cemetery and the new Digboi War Cemetery; alterations in the grading of posts.

Membership of the Finance Committee
Appointment of the High Commissioner of Canada as a member of the Finance Committee.

Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee - Appointment of Member
Appointment of Armand Kuijpers, Director-General of the Chancery and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as an Official Member of the Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee.

Minia War Memorial Cemetery
Arrangements regarding the proposed removal of First World War graves from Minia War Memorial Cemetery to Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Modification of the title of the Commission’s Agencies and the 1952 Superannuation Scheme.

Maintenance of Commonwealth War Graves and Memorials in Nigeria
Agreement between the Commission and the Government of the Federation of Nigeria for the Prime Minister and Minister of Defence to cover the annual cost of maintenance of Commonwealth war graves and memorials in Nigeria.

General Notes
Authorisation for Edgar Allan Griffin to sign the Notarial Deed relating to the construction of the Regional Headquarters in Rome.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
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 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)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
The Right Hon. Lord Spens KBE
G. O. Sylvester MP
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB

W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)

Sir Edward Maufe RA FRIBA (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)
H. D. Morgan MSc MICE (Consulting Engineer)

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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