Unique IDCWGC/2/2/1/491
File NumberCM 3/1/159
TitleCOMMISSION MEETING NO.491 - February 1968


DescriptionMinutes of the 491st Meeting of the Commission
Content NoteTopics covered:

Commonwealth War Graves in Alexandria
Summary of the history of all Commonwealth war cemeteries and graves in Egypt; account of the correspondence between the Commission’s Participating Governments and the United Arab Republic concerning with the proposed removal of Commonwealth war graves from Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery and Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery; details of the proposed development of the Hadra and Chatby areas of Alexandria and plans for the new site in El Alamein War Cemetery, where all war burials were to be transferred; details of the request submitted by Commonwealth Ambassadors in the negotiations against the removal of Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery and Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery; discussion regarding considerations by Commission Members for the proposed removal of war graves and the Ambassador’s proposals, including concerns about the responsibility for costs to remove and re-establish the cemeteries, the security of tenure at El Alamein and fate of non-military and civilian graves at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery; details about the draft Resolution prepared by the Commission that was to be transmitted to Participating Governments.

Other Business
Details about the publication of an illustrated booklet on the Runnymede Memorial by Pitkin Pictorials Limited in collaboration with Sir Edward Maufe and the Commission.

Admiral Sir Guy Grantham GCB CBE DSO (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Ellis-Rees (Representing the Secretary of State for Defence)
Colonel Alan Chambers DSO OBE (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Mr F. C. Boyle (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
Mr R. M. Miller (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Mr D. S. Preller (Representing the Ambassador of South Africa)
Brigadier R. K. Batra (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Major Ahmad Shamim Khan (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Mr J. W. T. Pritchard (Representing the Minister of Public Buildings and Works)
Sir Arthur Rucker KCMG CB CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
Mr David Griffiths MP
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)

Also in attendance:
Mr P. G. F. Henderson (High Commission for Australia)
Major B. N. Fayta Murti (High Commission for India)
Mr A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Finance and Establishments)
Brigadier K. F. Daniell CBE BA (Director of Works)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Hort.) (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr P. N. Dolan (Chief External Relations and Records Officer)
Mr I. E. Morgan (Senior Legal Assistant)
Mr A. E. V. Shephard
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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