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Matters arising from the Minutes of the 450th Meeting
Agreement for the inclusion of a protective clause concerning the Tower Hill Memorial in the Transport Commission’s Bill; photographs of the new office premises in Rome were circulated among members.
Agreement regarding South Africa’s continued participation as a member of the Commission.
Report on the repairs to the drainage system and replacement of the brick facing on the Thiepval Memorial, as well as inspections carried out by Mr H. D. Morgan, Consulting Engineer and by Dr George Taylor, Honorary Botanical Adviser.
Account of tour by the Vice-Chairman in the South-Eastern Area, United Kingdom Region, which included visits to the Chatham Naval Memorial and cemetery at Brighton.
Details of a conference held for Regional Directors and the Secretaries-General and Secretaries of the Canadian, Anzac and South African Agencies to discuss issues affecting the Commission’s work and organisation.
Report of the 494th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Appointment of one member of staff to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; expenditure for the supply and erection of Botticino headstones in North Africa; expenditure for the re-alignment of 641 headstones at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery; costs relating to the binding of the three Parts of Volume IV of “Their Name Liveth”; revisions in the rates of pay of the Commission’s United Kingdom based manual grades in the United Kingdom, Northern and Southern Regions; appointment of Mr Gibson as Chief Accountant in succession to Mr Taylor, who was to become Deputy Regional Director of Northern Region.
Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committees
Appointment of General d’Armee Andre Demetz as French Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee; appointment of His Excellency Signor Pietro Quaroni, Italian Abassador at London, as Italian Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee.
Approval of the revised sketch design by Mr R. Hobday, FRIBA, for Ambon War Cemetery and the Ambon Memorial with details about the preliminary estimates for construction.
Banking Facilities in Egypt
Arrangements for the re-opening of the Commission’s banking account in Egypt with the Bank of Alexandria.
Ibadan Military Cemetery, Western Region, Nigeria
Agreement for the lease of the land forming the site of Ibadan Military Cemetery for a term of 99 years at a nominal rent.
Details of ceremonies held in Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day; attendance by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore at the unveiling and dedication ceremony for a Memorial Statue to Marshal of the Air Force The Viscount Trenchard.
Authorisation for the sale of a property at Tourville-sur-Arques, Seine Maritime, France.
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 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
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
Mr George Sylvester MP
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO 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 A. S. Laing, MVO
Mr P. J. Cook