Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/487
File NumberCM 3/1/155


DescriptionMinutes of the 487th (50th Anniversary) Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteHRH The Duke of Gloucester, as President of the Commission, in the Chair. An audio recording of the meeting is catalogued as CWGC/1/2/D/1/35.

Topics covered:

His Royal Highness The President opened the Meeting and welcomed the Regional Directors and Secretaries of Agencies.

Message from Her Majesty The Queen congratulating the Commission for their work on the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Royal Charter.

Messages from the Participating Governments
Message from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom presented by The Right Honourable Denis Healey, Secretary of State for Defence and Chairman of the Commission; message from the Prime Minister of Canada presented by His Excellency Mr Charles Richie, High Commissioner for Canada; message from the Prime Minister of Australia presented by His Excellency The Honourable Sir Alexander Downer, High Commissioner for Australia; message from the Prime Minister of New Zealand presented by His Excellency The Honourable Sir Thomas MacDonald, High Commissioner for New Zealand; message from the Prime Minister of South Africa presented by His Excellency Dr H. G. Luttig, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa; message from the Prime Minister of India presented by Major-General I. C. Katoch, Representing the Acting High Commissioner for India; message from the Minister of Defence of Pakistan presented by Colonel S. A. Hasan, Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan.

Account of the messages received from the Heads of Churches,

Account of the messages received from ex-Service Organisations.

Account of the messages received from Foreign War Graves Organisations and Foreign Members of Joint Committees.

Report on arrangements made to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Commission, including an Evesong in Westminster Abbey, the Photographic Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and publication of the History of the Commission’s work from 1917-1967 titled “The Unending Vigil”.

Transcript of the message sent to all members of the Commission’s Staff.

Arrangement for a report of the Meeting to be released to the Press throughout the participating countries.

Other Business
Remarks from Sir Thomas MacDonald regarding the service of non-official Members of the Commission, including Honorary Advisers and Consultants in architecture, engineering, horticulture, literature and other fields; expression of thanks to the President of the Commission with details about his address during his first as President of the Commission during the 203rd Meeting.


His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG PC KT KP GCB GCMG GCVO (President of the Commission)
The Right Honourable Denis Healey MBE MP (Chairman of the Commission)
Admiral Sir Guy Grantham GCB CBE DSO (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr J. W. T. Pritchard (Representing the Minister of Public Building and Works)
His Excellency Mr Charles Ritchie MA DCL (High Commissioner for Canada)
His Excellency The Honourable Sir Alexander Downer KBE (High Commissioner for Australia)
His Excellency The Honourable Sir Thomas MacDonald KCMG (High Commissioner for New Zealand)
His Excellency Dr H. G. Luttig (Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa)
Major-General I. C. Katoch (Representing the Acting High Commissioner for India)
Colonel S. A. Hasan TQA (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
Mr David Griffiths MP
General Sir John Anderson KCB CBE DSO ADC
Sir Robert Black GCMG OBE
Colonel Sir Richard Glyn BART OBE TD DL MP
Miss Joan Woodgate CBE RRC

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

Sir Edward Maufe RA FRIBA (Chief Architect and Artistic Adviser)
Mr H. D. Morgan MSc (Eng.) M Inst CE (Consulting Engineer)

Also in attendance:
Major Michael Hawkins CVO MBE (Equerry to HRH The Duke of Gloucester)
Mr J. C. Noiseux (Canadian High Commission)
Mr A. L. Moore (Australian High Commission)
Mr R. W. Miller (New Zealand High Commission)
Mr D. S. Preller (South African Embassy)
Major B. N. Murti (Indian High Commission)
Major Ahmad Shamim Khan (Pakistan High Commission)
Mr W. Wynne Mason MC ((Assistant Secretary) Director of External Relations and Records)
Mr A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Finance and Establishments)
Birgadier K. F. Daniell CBE BA (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 A. S. Laing MVO (Deputy Establishment Officer)
Mr P. N. Dolan (Chief External Relations and Records Officer)
Mr Philip Longworth (Research Assistant)
Mr A. E. V. Shephard (Private Secretary to Director-General)
Mr D. H. Lloyd ARICS (Director, United Kingdom Region)
Mr C. D. Jack ARIBA (Director, Northern Region)
Colonel E. A. Griffin CMG OBE ED (Director, Southern Region)
Mr J. E. Forster CD BSc (Director, Eastern Region)
Mr C. B. Fuller (Secretary-General, Canadian Agency)
Brigadier A. E. Brown CMG OBE (Secretary-General, Anzac Agency, and Director, Pacific Region)
Major D. S. Cilliers (Secretary, South African Agency)
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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