it is indeed a spare barrel carrier for the bren gun it would have held other tools as well such as cleaning and exractor
And here I was expecting to see one of these...
Looking for WWII U.S. dog tags
What date is it stamped under the broad arrow? I believe these were still being produced up until the 60's.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
I would say that this is a late manufactured one, mainly because it appears to be pre-dyed green and not blancoed etc from the khaki brown that they were originally manufactured in.
As an aside, they were still in use up to at least the mid 1990's with some units that held the LMG, (Bren rebarrelled for 7.62NATO), on strength instead of, or in addition to, the GPMG.