Very nice condition strap, Used for carrying a strectcher.
The stretchers were carried onto the battlefield by, appropriately enough, stretcher bearers. The weight of a man and this stretcher had to be carried by two of these stretcher bearers, and as can be imagined, this became very heavy after a short period of time. It was imperative that as little shock as possible was given to the casualty, so to make their job more bearable and to help protect the casualty, stretcher bearers were issued with supporting straps to help them carry their stretchers. These MKV straps were an improvement on the earlier types, and had ajustable buckles at each end, and improved weight bearing ability.