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The Chairman welcomed Mr E. J. Orreill, who was attending a Commission meeting for the first time as the representative of the High Commissioner for Australia;
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 456th Meeting
Account of the Ceremonies of Inauguration for the Bombay and Chittagong Memorials.
Account of visit by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, President of the Commission, to the Malta Memorial and Nairobi African Memorial.
Death of Sir Clifton Webb
The death of Sir Clifton Webb, former High Commissioner for New Zealand in London, was reported.
Membership of the Commission
Appointment of Mr David Griffiths, successor to the late Mr George Sylvester, as a member of the Commission.
Visit By Lord Spens to Australia and New Zealand
Account of Lord Spens’ tour of Australia and New Zealand, which included visits to Sydney War Cemetery and Parramatta (All Saints) Cemetery.
Approval of the reductions in the Estimate of Expenditure for 1962-1963.
Report of the 500th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Excess expenditure relating to the construction of the new office premises in Rome; supply of the inscribed name panels for the Tehran Memorial; construction of the caretakers’ quarters at Karachi War Cemetery and Sydney War Cemetery; appointment of Mr Forster as Regional Works Officer of the Northern Region and Mr Penny as an accountant.
Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committee
Appointment of Mr W. F. Marshall, Second Secretary, British Embassy, Copenhagen, as Commonwealth Member of the Commonwealth-Danish Foreign Committee; appointment of Mr T. Ohtaka, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Japanese Member of the Commonwealth-Japanese Foreign Committee.
Unmaintainable graves in the United Kingdom, Llantwit (St Illtyd) Old Churchyard, Glamorgan
Approval of the proposed commemoration of the 19 Commonwealth war burials in Llantwit (St. Illtyd) Old Churchyard, by the erection of a special memorial in Cardiff Western Cemetery.
Progress Report for the quarter ended 31st December 1961
Report on the publication of cemetery and memorial registers, preparation of the Final Index of Second World War Dead, re-carding of First World War records and handling of daily records enquiries; report on the progress of construction, including the completion of four and further progress of six cemeteries.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Clark (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Mr E. J. Orreill (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)
Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Sahukar (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Major Bashir Ahmed (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
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)
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 P. J. Cook