Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/450
File NumberCM 3/1/118
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.450 - June 1961


DescriptionMinutes of the 450th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 449th Meeting
Update on the potential removal of Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery; details concerning the unveiling of the Athens Memorial and subsequent tour of cemeteries in Greece and Turkey by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, which included visits to Macedonia, Gallipoli, Rhodes and Crete; Petition submitted on behalf of the Commission regarding the British Transport Commission Parliamentary Bill and safety of the Tower Hill Memorial.

Letter received from Mrs Ethel H. Wilkinson regarding visit to husband’s grave in Anzio War Cemetery.

Report on damages to the Ottawa Memorial caused by vandals and approval for the installation of floodlighting and police protection to safeguard the memorial.

Report of the 493rd Meeting of the Finance Committee
Preliminary expenditure on the construction of Tehran War Cemetery; appointment of Mr M. J. W. Taylor and Mr K. R. P. Sutor as Deputy Regional Directors of the Northern Region.

Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committee
Appointment of General Marie-Pierre Koenig as French Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee.

Unmaintainable Graves, United Kingdom – Widnes (St. Mary) Old Churchyard, Widnes, Lancashire
Arrangements for the commemoration of three Commonwealth First World War casualties buried in Widnes (St. Mary) Old Churchyard by the erection of a memorial with a suitable superscription in Widnes Borough Cemetery.

The Malta Memorial
Authorisation granted to Edgar Allan Griffin, Regional Director, Southern Region, to sign the perpetual lease (Emphyteusis) for the site of the Malta Memorial on behalf of the Commission.

Commission’s General Fund for the Care and Maintenance of the Graves of the Fallen
Investment of funds forming part of the Commission’s General Fund for the Care and Maintenance of the Graves of the Fallen.

Report from the Southern Region for the Quarter ended 31st March 1961
Refers to the construction of the new Regional Headquarters premises in Rome.

General Notes
Details about the unveiling of a small memorial erected in Willesden Jewish Cemetery by Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer; account of visit by the South African Ambassador to the Thiepval Memorial and the South African National Memorial at Delville Wood, and the Australian Ambassador to Germany and British, Indian, Pakistan and French Ambassadors to Cologne Southern Cemetery.

Superannuation – Policy of Assurance
Transfer of a life insurance policy to Mr R. W. W. Green, Assistant Secretary of the Anzac Agency for the Pacific Region, who was resigning from the Commission’s service.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Clark (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Mr J. V. Scott (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Mr M. Hillebrand (Representing the Ambassador for South Africa)
Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Sahukar (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Major Malik Mohammed Bashir (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Mr J. H. H. Vaughn (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
Mr J. W. T. Pritchard (Representing the Minister of Works)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
Mr George Sylvester MP
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
Mr John Hogg TD

Mr W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)

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

Also in attendance:
Mr W. Wynne Mason MC ((Assistant Secretary) Director of External Relations and Records)
Mr A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Finance and Establishments)
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)
Brigadier A. E. Brown OBE (Secretary-General and Regional Director, Anzac Agency for the Pacific Region)
Mr 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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