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Announcement regarding the absence of the Vice-Chairman and election of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore to the Chair.
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 466th Meeting
Update on the health of General Sir John Crocker, Vice-Chairman of the Commission; approval of the Revised Estimate for 1962-63 and the Estimate for 1963-64.
New Year Honours
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman, Director of Works, appointed a CMG; Mr G. G. H. Cook, Area Superintendent, Albert Area, Northern Region appointed an MBE; Mr Alfred Watts, Head Gardener, Estaires Area, Northern Region, awarded the BEM; Hon. Thomas L. Macdonald, High Commissioned for New Zealand conferred the KCMG; General Sir Richard Goodbody, Adjutant-General, conferred the GCB.
Works Construction Progress
Report on the completion of Suda Bay War Cemetery, Tel-el-Kebir War Cemetery, Khartoum War Cemetery, Diego-Suarez War Cemetery, Salisbury Cemetery (Harare (Pioneer) Cemetery; update on the construction of Fredrikstad Military Cemetery, Kviberg Cemetery, Damascus War Cemetery, Tehran War Cemetery, Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Jakarta War Cemetery; update on the pending construction of Khanaqin War Cemetery, Mosul War Cemetery, Le Petit Lac War Cemetery, Bougie War Cemetery, Kaduna Cemetery, Ambon War Cemetery and Memorial, and Choc Bay Cemetery.
Report of the 509th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Appointment of three members of staff to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; proposal for structural maintenance at Basra War Cemetery and Basra Indian Forces Cemetery; adoption of a formal Resolution recording appreciation of Colonel Russel Edmunds services, former Treasury Representative of the Finance Committee.
Commonwealth-Foreign Joint Committee
Appointment of Sir Frank Roberts, British Ambassador at Bonn, as Commonwealth Honorary Member of the Commonwealth-German-French Joint Committee.
Chittagong War Cemetery - Water supply agreement
Agreement for the sharing of a water supply at Chittagong War Cemetery with the adjoining owners, Finlay and Co. Ltd.
Zehrensdorf Indian Cemetery, Germany
Proposal to commemorate all casualties buried in Zehrensdorf Indian Cemetery, East Germany, on the Neuve Chapelle Indian War Memorial.
Account of visit by HRH Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and Chungkai War Cemetery.
Presentation of a formal Petition to Parliament in connection with a Bill promoted by the Bath Corporation that would allow for any grave in a burial ground maintained by them to be levelled or the headstone removed.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO (In the Chair)
Mr P. A. K. Manton (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)
Mr D. K. Malone MBE (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
Mr J. W. T. Pritchard (Representing the Minister of Public Buildings and Works)
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
Mr John Hogg TD
Admiral Sir Guy Grantham GCB CBE DSO
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 W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr A. S. Laing, MVO (Deputy Establishment Officer)
Mr T. A. E. Gibson