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The Chairman welcomed I. Muir as the representative of the High Commissioner for New Zealand.
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 438th Meeting
Refers to letters received form the Italian Minister of Defence and Italian Ambassador in London regarding the ceremony at the Italian Plot in Brookwood Military Cemetery on 9th June 1960; details of the Director-General’s visit to Struma Military Cemetery and other sites in Greece, Turkey, Israel and Cyprus during tour of in the Southern Region; maintenance of Commonwealth war graves located in civil cemeteries in Denmark.
Membership of the Commission
Appointment of Lieutenant General Richard Goodbody as an Adjutant General and member of the Commission, who had succeeded General Hugh Stockwell.
Inspection tours in the United Kingdom Region by the Secretary and W. Wynne Mason, Director of External Relations and Records.
Report of the 483rd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure for the supply of a Cross of Sacrifice for Montgomery (Oakwood) Cemetery Annexe; maintenance work at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery and Niederzwehren Cemetery; maintenance and construction at Sofia War Cemetery.
Membership of the Joint Committees
Appointment of Mr Alan Watt, Australian Ambassador at Bonn as Commonwealth Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee; appointment of Dr C. E. Beeby, New Zealand Ambassador at Paris, as Commonwealth Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee; appointment of Mr B. D. Zohrab, Counsellor, New Zealand Embassy at Tokyo, as Commonwealth Member of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee.
Damascus Indian War Cemetery, United Arab Republic
Approval of the proposed removal of the First World War burials and memorials from Damascus Indian War Cemetery, due to municipal development that was to be convert the site into a public park, to Damascus War Cemetery.
Maintenance of Commonwealth war graves in East Africa
Arrangements for the maintenance of Commonwealth war graves in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika under Instruments of Agency.
No.15 Place Victor Hugo Arras, France
Authorisation for Brigadier Croxton Sillery Vale, Regional Director of the Northern Region, to complete the agreement concerning the connection of a new drain to the Commission’s property in Arras.
Reports on ceremonies held at St. Valery to mark the 20th Anniversary of the battle there.
Gibraltar Agency of the Commission
Arrangements regarding the reconstitution of the Gibraltar Agency.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Campbell Moodie (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
I. Muir (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Sahukar (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
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)
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