Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/455
File NumberCM 3/1/123
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.455 - December 1961


DescriptionMinutes of the 455th Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Matters arising from the Minutes of the 454th Meeting
Resolution concerning the death of Mr George Sylvester; account of Princess Alexandra’s visit to Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery and Taukkyan War Cemetery.

Discussion concerning the protection of Jerusalem War Cemetery and proposals regarding the transfer of commemoration,

Estimates 1962-63
Considerations for the estimate, including requirement for supplemental funds and anticipated savings; details of the revised estimate of expenditure for the year 1961-1962; details of the acquisition of additional accommodation for staff transferred from Wooburn House; request for supplemental grants from participating governments; approval of the estimate of expenditure for the year 1962-1963.

Report of the 498th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Expenditure on the construction of a caretaker’s quarters, garage and workshop, and installation of water supply at Jakarta War Cemetery; employment of staff during 1962-1963 and annual authority for the application of rates of pay and allowances; promotion of Messrs Campbell and Grady to the grade of Senior Executive Officer.

Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committee
Appointment of Mr Mogens Warberg as Danish Member of the Commonwealth-Danish Joint Committee.

Unmaintainable grave in the United Kingdom - Halifax (Stoney Royd) Cemetery, Yorkshire
Approval of the proposed commemoration of 14 Commonwealth war burials in Halifax (Stoney Road) Cemetery by the erection of a memorial with a suitable inscription behind the Cross of Sacrifice in that cemetery.

Gamboa British Cemetery, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Approval of the proposed transfer of the scattered Commonwealth war graves in Gamboa British Cemetery to a new war graves plot in that cemetery, and the sketch design by Mr Ralph Hobday, FRIBA, of the proposed plot.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Superannuation Scheme (1952). Trustees’ Powers of Investment – The Trustee Investments Act, 1961
Approval of the draft of the new Clause 9 and authorisation of the execution of the Deed.

Reports on the operations of the Northern and Southern Regions for the quarter ended 30th September 1961, which included the concentration of Commonwealth war graves in Iran to Tehran War Cemetery.

General Notes
Account of ceremonies attended by Gordon Churchill, Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs, at the Vimy Memorial, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery; recount of annual ceremony of Remembrance at El Alamein War Cemetery and Memorial; details of the unveiling of the Provincial Memorial at Dunedin, New Zealand.

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 High Commissioner for South Africa)
Major S. P. Barua (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)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE

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

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 (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr L. J. H. Gibson (Chief Accountant)
Mr W. J. Symons (Senior Assistant Establishment 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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