A commemorative stone has been unveiled in Hailsham to honour of Victoria Cross recipient Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter.
Marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Carter’s act of gallantry that earned him the prestigious award during the early years of the First World War, the special ceremony took place at the war memorial in Hailsham High Street on Saturday [2 July], where the commemorative stone was unveiled to the public.
Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter VC, who was born in Eastbourne on 6 April 1887 and educated in Hailsham, was 29 years old and a company sergeant major in the 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment of the British Army when he died during the First World War.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 30 June 1916 at Boar’s Head, Richebourg l’Avoue, the award being the highest for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
The stone, which will be maintained by the Town Council, is part of a national scheme that will see every Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War – 628 in total – marked with a commemorative stone.
Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman said: “We are honoured to have recognised the immense courage displayed by Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter. The people of Hailsham came together to commemorate his actions and there is now a permanent reminder of this at the war memorial for all to see.”
Town councillor Frank Berry, who is vice-chairman of the Royal British Legion Hailsham & District Branch, commented: “It is a great honour to pay tribute to a hero who received the prestigious Victoria Cross during the First World War, a credit to Hailsham.”
“The stone is a way of providing a lasting legacy within the community, remembering not just the gallant hero Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter, but all those who served during the First World War and made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.”
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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