Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/454
File NumberCM 3/1/122
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.454 - November 1961


DescriptionMinutes of the 454th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Appointment of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore to the Chair owing to the absence of the Vice-Chairman.

Death of Mr George Sylvester
The death of Mr George Sylvester, MP and member of the Commission, was reported.

Commission-Foreign Joint Committees
Appointment of Monsieur A. Gilson, Ministre de l’Interieur et de la Fonction Publique, as Belgian Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-Belgian Joint Committee; appointment of Dr Hasso von Etzdorf, German Ambassador at London, as German Honorary Member and Brigadier M. C. Mehta, Military Adviser to the High Commissioner for India in London, as Commonwealth Official Member of the Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee.

Hemel Hempstead Cemetery, Hertfordshire
Approval for the proposed exhumation and removal of the grave of Boy R. J. Savage, Devonshire Regiment, from the land adjoining Hemel Hempstead Cemetery and reinterment of the remains within the cemetery.

Renunciation of Executorships by the Commission
Renunciation of the executorship of the Will of Mr Robert Smith, former temporary employee of the Commission.

3rd Meeting of the Commonwealth-French Joint Committee
Report on the production of Michelin maps showing the location of Commonwealth war cemeteries and memorials in France and Belgium; discussion regarding the signposting of Commonwealth war cemeteries and memorials in France.

5th Meeting of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee
An account of the 5th Meeting of the Commonwealth-Japanese Joint Committee held in Yokohama on 3rd October 1961.

Progress Report for the Quarter ended 30th September 1961
Update on the progress of construction work at six cemeteries and one memorial; completion of Registers for all casualties of the Second World War; unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice in Esquimalt Naval and Military Cemetery by the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia; account of visit by Canadian Prime Minster John Diefenbaker to Yokohama War Cemetery.

Retirement of Brigadier C S Vale
Announcement regarding the retirement of Brigadier C. S. Vale, Regional Director at Arras, and appointment of his successor, Admiral Rolfe.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore (In the Chair of the Commission)
Air-Vice Marshal A. M. Murdoch CB CBE (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
Mr F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the High Commissioner for South Africa)
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)
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
Mr John Hogg TD
General Sir Richard Goodbody KBE CB DSO

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

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 M. T. Sennett MS (Senior Legal Assistant)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr P. J. Cook
Extent1 file
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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DS/UK/78Vale; Croxton Sillery (1896-1975); Brigadier; diplomat, Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries, Regional Director (Northern Region)1896-1975
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