Help find Michael 'Mick' Rodgers, a contact's Best Man from the 1960's Don [Webmaster]

Graphiti Research, J.R. Tregeagle (Aus.) family tree and Memorial found, family contacted Don [Webmaster]

Bunkers & Graphiti Frank Taylor

Birth of the Bombing Range Ted Marston

Help find Clive (Cliff) Lancaster Bert Webb (Can You Help page)

Watch this (and others nearby) for nostalgia, Provided by Don budge Convoy Entering Tobruk

Unusual but touching story, Argosy XR133 crash Mike Harradine

Witness to Argosy XR133 crash Graham Phillips

Missing Names added to Hastings crash fatalities Graziella Stivala

Photo's of those that died in the Hastings crash Graziella Stivala

Bomb found behind RC Church, Tobruk Don Budge

1941 Australian Newspaper Don Budge

A 5th Reminisce Page added Tony Whitehead, Frances Richardson, Richard Payne, Hilary Robinson (Penfold)

Bunker Pin-ups Don Budge

Don Budge Amphora Roman Amphora, Waddi Tobruk

Tobruk Archive Photo's. From 1934 through WWII

New Families Page For relatives of those who served in Libya.

Bunker Graphiti Research Results on Names

Hastings Crash Geoffrey Cutajar, Kylee Psaila, relatives

Argosy Crash - Kevin Dickinson, witness
Argosy Crash - Derek Drew, witness
Argosy Crash - Dave Tebay, memories

Memories - James Downes (TASF)

Comments - Jan Leggatt, Egypt Skirmish

Hastings Crash - Graham Wickham, Medic, eye witness

1961 Hastings crash, Paul Sciberras' request for help

CONCLUSION to The Belgammel Ram saga - Ken Oliver

'LADY BE GOOD'. Final resting place?


Photograph of John Brill and his mother! [All others have been plagiarised from here!]


Restoration of the building and mural has finished!

WWII bunker found with names scrawled on the walls. Update: Some names now researched.


About This Web Site

This site is progressively updated, not destructively, which may confuse some visitors (i.e. why is outdated stuff still here?).

The site has been modified as various people have provided photographs and fragments of ‘truth’.
The way the truth unfolded is in itself interesting and I am grateful to those that made its publicity possible.
Rather than remove the original story, (which is still relayed to tourists in Libya) I feel that it provides interest and continuity.

The first page depicts my original web page and the story as told to me in 1961 when I took the pictures.

Then years later I received the ultimate... the picture of John Brill

If anybody remembers events or people on these pages, or if you find this interesting and wish to comment please get in touch via the e-mail button (don@don-simmonds.co.uk).

Please note that all images are copyright their owners with the exception of the Mrs Brill Mural which is now public domain. Permission for their reproduction may be sought via e-mail.


Thank You

I am extremely grateful to the following contributors of vital pictures, information, or simply their memories. You may know some of them and I hope I have not missed anybody.

Major Mousa Saad (Tobruk)
General Suleiman Obeidi (Benghazi - Historian) Visit his web-site 'Rommel in Libya'
John Seccombe (ex R.A.F.) - George Mirowski (ex Army) - Albert Webb - Andy Lamnea (ex R.N.) - Hatem Sabrey (Tripoli) - Alain Blottière (Paris) - Kuno Goss (Afrika Korp) - Mike (Webmaster TEARS) - Dave Cass (R.E.) - Dr Noel Cutajar (Malta) - Milud El Nibou (Libya) - Dave Austin - Emily Buck - Andrew Simmonds - Don Jones - Andrew Bedford - Dennis Turner - Ray Eale - Darrell Earnshaw - Patricia Dawson - Dave Johnson - Lydia Pappas - Sue Jones - R. Max Morris - Dave McKeon - David Wilson - Tony Dow - Harry Crick - Nicholas Galbraith - Bill Krouwel - Michael Mayers - John Fleet - Suzanne Russo - Josie Bailey - Alfred Jones - Jean Huppert - Keith Hawkes - Robbie Foxwell - Jean-Pierre Misson (Belgium) - Peter Follet - Cliff Hill - Alastair Burns - Mike Dawdry - Mohamed Kroush (South Africa) - Bob Heath - Jim Myall - Ken Oliver - Brian Daly - Ray Doran - Keith Weller - Ernie Campbell - Jason Rix - Charlie Liddle - Mike Johnson - Clive Lancaster - Bill Adams - Graham Wickham - Richard Bond - Jan Leggatt - Dave Tebay - Derek Drew - James Downes - Kevin Dickinson - Kylee Psaila - Geoffrey Cutajar - Kathy Ring - Lindy Norton - Paul Duley - Don Budge (France) - Tony Whitehead - Frances Richardson - Steve Priestley - Graziella Stivala - Richard Payne - Hilary Robinson (Penfold) - Ben Phillips - Mike Harradine - Ted Marston - Frank Taylor.

For the restoration...

CISAM Italy...
Dott. Arch. Khalil Abdel Hadi
Dott. ssa Arch. Marina Cappellino

Al Burdy Company...
Eng. Mohamed Khalil & Eng. Osama Ghinjiwa

All pictures are copyright Ⓒ their owners.
Permission may be sought via e-mail

Last updated 11 June 2019, See STOP PRESS
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See The Bombing Range & El Adem 2016, here

Finally, the world can see the artist John Brill - painting his mother

copies elsewhere are plagiarised from here, NO permissions have been requested or given.

Bardiyah (Bardia) Masterpiece

I photographed this remarkable mural during the two years I spent in Libya 1961 - 1963

when I was at R.A.F. El Adem (south of Tobruk)
but mostly at the small compound of the Bombing Range (a further 20m)

Since then it has suffered considerable damage as can be seen on these pages

The title was purported to be " A Soldier's Dream of Home " but is now known to be
" Pleasures of Avarice - Pleasures of Art "
Left Mid Right
The mural completely fills a wall of a room in Bardiyah, a harbour town close to the border with Egypt.

The mural was purportedly produced with boot polish by a prisoner of war, using fingers, matchsticks and the like. (see update pages.)

If it is still there (2004) it will have deteriorated even more than it had in the 19 years between it's creation and my visit to the town. (see update pages.)

It is now some 62 years since it was produced.

My inexperienced photography resulted in badly lit and slightly out of focus pictures, which were all taken from the left end of the wall.
The resulting parallax error can be seen, where the right end has less height than the left, and slopes.

At a little over the age of 18, I saw the mural more as a curiosity than appreciating it for what it really is... a masterpiece.
How age changes one's perspective!

Stitched version

Stitched version

The photographs are a very poor substitute for the awe inspiring vision when first seen in full sized reality. The true beauty and very fine detail was clearly visible to the naked eye, from across the room.

The enlargements shown on other pages are a poor attempt to convey that detail and share this experience.

I am not an artist, in fact I cannot draw a decent circle, let alone hope to interpret the artist's intended meaning or thoughts.

It would add great interest and be of benefit to all viewers, if people with artistic insight were to generously offer their comments about this mural by e-mail. don@don-simmonds.co.uk

It is becoming increasingly unlikely, but...
was anybody now viewing this page, present in this room at the time of production?

Just below the skulls at the top left of the mural is the inscription...

J. Brill   R A S C   21  4  42

J Brill

When did he append his name, start or finish, and how long did the mural take to produce?
(see update pages.)

The artist, John Brill - painting his mother

Generous courtesy of a family member who owns Copyright
Note the boxer!

John Brill painting his mother

Private John Frederick Brill (4617871) 5th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment
died in action 1st July 1942 at the very young age of 22,
fighting for his country in a far off inhospitable land.
He was buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery.
He was the son of Frederick and Eliza
from Wanstead in Essex
and later Thorpe Bay.