August 8, 2017 9.14 am This story is over 51 months old

Can you help solve the mystery of this World War Two tobacco box found in a Lincolnshire village?

You are being asked to help trace the story.

Lincolnshire County Council is urging members of the public to help them trace the story behind a lid of a Second World War tobacco box found in the county

A metal detectorist near Wellingore found the lid and inside says ‘1919 Max Pawlik, New Obra.’

Dr Adam Daubney has been trying to uncover its history and work out how it came to Lincolnshire.

“At the end of the Second World War the RAF base at Wellingore was used as a camp for former German and Ukrainian prisoners of war,” he said.

“So we assume that the inscription relates to a former prisoner called Max Pawlik, probably born in 1919.

“We’ve tracked down two places called Neu Obra. Both are now in western Poland, but at the outbreak of the war, they appear to have been part of the German Empire.

“Unfortunately, we can’t find Max Pawlik in any records, so we’re appealing to the public to see if they can shed any light on this.”

Anyone with any information about Max Pawlik can contact Adam on [email protected]

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