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Can you unravel the mystery behind WW2 tobacco tin found in Lincolnshire?

7 August 2017

Members of the public are being asked to help trace the story behind the lid of a Second World War tobacco box unearthed in Lincolnshire.

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WW2 tobacco tin found in Lincolnshire

The lid was recently found by a metal detectorist near Wellingore, and is inscribed ‘1919 Max Pawlik, Neu Obra’.

Since its discovery, the county’s finds liaison officer, Dr Adam Daubney, has been trying to uncover its history and work out how it came to be in the county.

Adam said: “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.

“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 at

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