It's an original Karl Wurster (KWM) shield. The crude stitching securing the tight fit of the backing cloth to the back plate is fairly typical on the various campaign shields and was done most likely by the recipient.
'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.
Ned is right as usual.
Than you Ned . I was hoping but just couldn't tell.