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Matters arising from the Minutes of the 442nd Meeting
The Chairman thanked Dr A. J. R. van Rhijn for his work during tenure as High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa.
Announcement regarding the return of Brigadier Sultan Mohammed, who had represented the High Commissioner for Pakistan at Commission Meetings, to Karachi.
Announcement regarding the development of the area surrounding the Malta Memorial, which had been converted into a car park with gardens.
Memorandum on the Estimates, with specific reference to the progression of estimates and expenditure, the slight decrease in expenditure for 1959-1960 due to delays on property transactions, construction and major rehabilitation, revised estimate for 1960-1961, estimate for 1961-1962 and the provision of funds for 1961-1962.
Report of the 487th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Maintenance at Bancourt British Cemetery under the contract with Entreprise Reynes; discussion regarding the treatment of headstones located in North Africa with bitumen and silicone, and proposed use of Botticino stone where replacement headstones were required; appointment of seven staff members to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; cost for the erection of a workshop and store in Rome War Cemetery for the Italy Area; expenditure for the printing and publishing of Cemetery and Memorial Registers of the Second World War; provision for the vehicle replacement programme; rates of pay and allowances with the employment of staff during 1961-1962.
Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committees
Appointment of Sir Andrew Noble, United Kingdom Ambassador at The Hague, as Commonwealth Honorary Member for the Commonwealth-Netherlands Joint Committee; appointment of M. Jean-Emile Reymond, Directeur de l’Administration Departmentale et Communale du Ministere de l’Interieur, as French Official Member of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee.
Arrangements for the removal and transfer of First World War graves from Baghdad (Right Bank) Indian War Cemetery to Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery.
Agreement relating to the tenure of land forming the site of the Phoenix Memorial, Mauritius.
Report of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the South African Agency
Update on the inspection of scattered graves in municipal cemeteries and in local farm burial grounds; details of the Director-General’s forthcoming visit to the South African Agency; transfer of the Agency office from Pretoria to Bloemfontein.
Reports on Remembrance ceremonies during November 1960; details about the unveiling and dedication of the Stone of Remembrance in Winnipeg (Brookside) Cemetery.
Announcement that 35 Commission gardeners were awarded the Long Service Medal and accompanying Certificate and Lapel Badge by the Royal Horticultural Society.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Clark (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Air Vice-Marshal A. M. Murdoch CB CBE (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
Mr R. L. Jermyn (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Mr F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa)
Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Sahukar (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Lieutenant-Colonel Fahim Ahmad Khan (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Mr J. H. H. Vaughn (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
Mr G. O. Sylvester MP
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Mr John Hogg TD
Mr W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)
Also in attendance:
Mr W. Wynne Mason MC ((Assistant Secretary) Director of External Relations and Records)
Mr A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Works)
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
Mr H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser and Solicitor)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr P. J. Cook