Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/452
File NumberCM 3/1/120
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.452 - September 1961


DescriptionMinutes of the 452nd Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

The Chairman welcomed Brigadier M. C. Mehta, the new representative of the High Commissioner for India.

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 451st Meeting
Account of Sir Edward Maufe’s visit to the Thiepval Memorial and recommendations regarding the planning and general lay-out of the memorial; details of further visits to the cemeteries and memorials at Loos, Arras, Le Touret, Vimy, Neuve Chapelle, Caterpillar Valley and Etaples;

Account of visit by the Vice-Chairman and Lady Crocker to the Annual Reunion and Flower Show at Arras.

Details of visit by Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest to cemeteries in Scotland, including those at Inverness and Wick, with information about the condition and standard of maintenance at each site.

Report of the 495th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure authorised under the Recess Authority, which included preliminary site works at Jakarta (Menteng Poeloe) War Cemetery and the construction at Ambon War Cemetery and the Ambon Memorial; completion of construction work at Maynamati War Cemetery; maintenance at Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial; estimated cost for the concentration of graves in Sweden; adjustments in temporary currency and local allowances in the Northern Region; promotion of Mr Symon and Mr Lonsdale within the Establishment Department at Head Office.

Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committees
Appointment of His Excellency Mr A. B. F. Burger, South African Ambassador at Brussels, as South African Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee; appointment of Dr Felice Grazian, Medico Provinciale Capo, as Italian Official Member of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee.

Suda Bay Consular Cemetery
Approval of the proposed removal of burials from Suda Bay Consular Cemetery, except for 15 Russian graves, to Suda Bay War Cemetery.

Examination of Sketch Design for Cemetery and Memorial Construction. Tehran War Cemetery and the Tehran Memorial, Iran
Approval of the sketch design by Mr H. E. Jenner, ARIBA, for Tehran War Cemetery and the Tehran Memorial with details of the preliminary estimates for construction.

Kantara Indian Cemetery, Egypt, United Arab Republic
Approval for the proposed commemoration of the Muslim and Hindu servicemen originally buried or commemorated at Kantara Indian Cemetery in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery.

The Malta Memorial
Rescindment of Resolution No. 5 passed by the Commission at the 450th Meeting and authorisation for Edgar Allan Griffin, Regional Director, Southern Region, to sign an appended Resolution for the perpetual lease of site of the Malta Memorial.

Progress Report and Reports from the United Kingdom, Northern, Southern and Eastern Regions, Canadian Agency and Anzac Agency for the Pacific Region for the Quarter ended 30th June 1961 Report on the flooding of the area in which Kirkee War Cemetery was located; arrangements for the safeguarding of the Ottawa Memorial.

General Notes
Details of two Canadian ceremonies held in July 1961 and visit by the Commonwealth Youth Movement to the Runnymede Memorial; account of ceremonies held at Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery and Malbork War Cemetery; details of arrangements for the Third Meeting of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee.

General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Clark (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Mr R. L. Jermyn (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Mr F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the Ambassador for South Africa)
Brigadier M. C. Mehta (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Major Bashir Ahmed (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Mr J. H. H. Vaughn (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
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)

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)
Mr H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser and Solicitor)
Mr D. H. Lloyd ARICS (Deputy Director of Works)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr P. J. Cook
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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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