Dear Forum Members, Please let me introduce myself with a post and question. I’m Bram Dierckx, archivist of Meerhout (Belgium – Antwerp Province) and researching WWII in my own region in free time and especialy my hometown Balen. A few weeks ago my profession and hobby once again met eachother. Old wall paintings were discovered in the local school of Meerhout. The paintings were discovered behind a blackboard and a bulletin board in a classroom. They were made by a British soldier in the Second World War, when the area was liberated by the allied forces. The drawings are well preserved because the were hidden for so many years and show liberation scenes at the end of the war. The characters are English and Scottish war figures. They were probably made at the end of 1944 and bear the signature of a British soldier, private A.B. Hales, soldier in the 78th Coy P.C. Also his address was mentioned: 67 Devonshire Streat, Norwich, England. We think he must be enlisted in the 78th Company – Pioneer Corps. We already started to research the wall paintings and are trying to find the soldier and painter behind it. A local teacher has already started a project with her class and has found a possible connection with Alfred Bertie Hales, born on June 12th, 1909 (Service Number 13113276). The school buildings were used by the Germans during the war, but by British soldier just after the war. We can find traces in the local archives of the presence of engineers and pioneers in the schoolbuildings during the winter of 1944-1945. Possibly the building was also used as a ‘2nd Army PC Training School’. At the moment we are documentation the murals and its history, as the schoolbuilding will be demolished in the near future. Off course the murals will get a second life in the new school and some specialists are trying to preserve and restorate them. For that reason we are trying to reconstruct the full story behind the waal paintings. It would be great to find more info on private Hales, his unit in Meerhout (78 Coy PC) and all possible links to the schoolbuilding. All help or suggestions to save and research the story are welcome. Many thanks in advance. Regards from Belgium, Bram Dierckx. One of the most complete paintings: Gloria, an ATS volunteer. A platoon marching through Meerhout. The painter made a mistake as Meerhout was liberated by the 2nd Bn. Gordon Highlanders on September 13th, 1944. He refers to the 51th Highland Division and that has to be 15th Scottish Division. The painters signature.