Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/453
File NumberCM 3/1/121
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.453 - October 1961


DescriptionMinutes of the 453rd Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 452nd Meeting
Arrangements concerning the attendance of Major Bashir Ahmed, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore and Mr John Hogg at the Third Meeting of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee.

The deaths of Mr H. A. McClure-Smith, Australian Ambassador to Italy and member of the Commonwealth-Italian Joint Committee, and Herr Otto Margraf, General-Secretary of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge and member of the Commonwealth-German Joint Committee, were reported.

Report of the 496th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Submission of Accounts of the Commission for the year ended 31st March 1961; Finance Committee notes Accounts and Balance Sheet of the CWGC Superannuation Scheme; 13 appointments to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; recommended expenditure under the Block Authorities for routine expenditure on normal services; promotion of Messrs Bates, Cook and Williams as Higher Executive Officers.

42nd Annual Report and Accounts of the Commission
Draft of the Report distributed to members; details of the accounts of the Superannuation Scheme; adoption of the Report and Statement of Accounts of the Commission for the year ended 31st March 1961.

Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committee
Appointment of Mr H. A. H. Cortazzi, First Secretary, British Embassy, Tokyo, and Mr R. Q. Quentin-Baxter, Councellor, New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo, as Commonwealth Members of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee; appointment of Mr Michiya Matsukawa, Financial Councillor, Ministry of Finance, as Japanese Member of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee.

Charleville Communal Cemetery, Ardennes, France
Approval of the proposed removal of 172 Commonwealth war graves from Charleville Communal Cemetery, which had been closed and become increasingly difficult to maintain, to Terlincthun British Cemetery.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Superannuation Scheme (1952) Trustees’ Powers of Investment – The Trustee Investments Act 1961: approval of the increased proportion of the investments (from 30% to 50%) that the Trustees were permitted to invest in equities following the introduction of the new Trustee Investment Act 1961.

Financial arrangements for the maintenance on an agency basis of Battle Exploit (Regimental and Unit) Memorials.

General Notes
Details of ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Britain; report on the number of other visits and ceremonies; details of showings of the Commission’s film; invitation for Chairman to make the Remembrance Day broadcast on the BBC.

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)
Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Sahukar (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)
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
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)
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman CBE MC (Director of Works)
Mr H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser and Solicitor)
Mr L. J. H. Gibson (Chief Accountant)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
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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