This is one of two belts made by this soldier in the ranks of the East Kent Regiment while in France. The amount of painstaking work that went into these clearly illustrates how much of life in the trenches could be spent in boredom in between periods of fighting.
This object is also symbolic of how much attitudes have changed towards WW1 and its artefacts, during the last 30 years. The maker of this belt happily survived the war and died of natural causes around 1980, when his uniform and other items that he had kept from the war, were disposed of in a skip. These belts, which now give a touchingly human insight into what it would have been like to live though this conflict, only narrowly escaped the same fate.