Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/438
File NumberCM 3/1/106
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.438 - June 1960


DescriptionMinutes of the 438th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Election of Sir Arthur Rucker as Chair of the Commission Meeting in the absence of the Vice-Chairman.

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 437th Meeting
Reports from the Northern Region and Anzac Agency for the Pacific Region for the quarter ended 31st March 1960.

Birthday Honours
Announcement regarding the appointment of Brigadier C. S. Vale, Regional Director of the Northern Region, as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, and that Mr E. J. S. Hall, Head Gardener and Secretary of the Staff Association, Northern Region, was awarded the British Empire Medal.

Tour by Director-General to Greece, Turkey, Israel and Cyprus
Account of tour by the Director-General in Greece, Turkey, Israel and Cyprus, including visits to Phaleron War Cemetery, Mikra Military Cemetery, Struma Military Cemetery, Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Beersheba War Cemetery, Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Ramleh War Cemetery, Haifa (Sharon) British Civil Cemetery and Jerusalem War Cemetery.

Report of the 482nd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure in connection with the construction of Budapest War Cemetery; erection of a Cross of Sacrifice at Fort Massey Cemetery; maintenance work at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery; payment to the Trustees of the 1952 Superannuation Scheme.

Approval of the sketch design for the Gibraltar Memorial designed by R. Hobday, OBE, FRIBA.

Unmaintainable Graves, United Kingdom – Darley Old Burial Ground
Approval for the exhumation and removal of Private S. Penny’s grave from Darley Old Burial Ground to Launceston Cemetery.

Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee
Appointment of Ali Arshad, First Secretary at the Pakistan Embassy in Japan, as a member of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee.

Financial arrangements for the maintenance of the memorial to Captain G. V. S. Bowlby at Railway Wood Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.

1st Meeting of the Commonwealth-Danish Joint Committee
Report on the first meeting of the Commonwealth-Danish Joint Committee, including information about the transfer of responsibility for Commonwealth war graves in Denmark.

Reports from the Northern Region and Anzac Agency for the Pacific Region for the Quarter ended 31st March 1960: negotiations regarding a War Graves Agreement with the Republic of Indonesia and visit to Labuan War Cemetery.

General Notes
Details of the Memorial Day ceremony held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, Florida, ceremony at the Italian plot at Brookwood Military Cemetery dedicated by Monsignor Birgarella and attended by Vittorio Zoppi, the Italian Ambassador at London, and ceremony marking Romanian Victory Day at Bucharest War Cemetery.

The Right Hon. Lord Spens KBE (In the Chair of the Commission)
Campbell Moodie (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Air Vice-Marshal A. M. Murdoch CBE (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
R. L. Jermyn (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Brigadier H. J. Martin CBE DFC (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
Colonel A. K. Sahukar (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
S. H. Field (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
A. J. Isaac (Representing the Minister of Works)
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Air Marshal Charles Guest KBE CB
John Hogg TD

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 CBE 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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