Lotto funding for Eastbourne war hero tribute

Geoffrey Baker, Nelson Victor Carters grandson, staff and pupils from Langney Primary School celebrate the award
Geoffrey Baker, Nelson Victor Carters grandson, staff and pupils from Langney Primary School celebrate the award

Langney Primary School has received £3,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ‘Celebrating Nelson Victor Carter VC’ project.

Awarded through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, it will enable the school to commemorate the life and times of the local Great War hero and to share his story with the wider community.

Nelson Carter was born in Eastbourne in 1887. At the start of the war he joined ‘Lowther’s Lambs’, the Southdown Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

A favourite with the men, heavyweight boxing champion, husband, father, and friend, he was killed, along with so many of his comrades, at the Battle of the Boar’s Head on June 30, 1916, known locally as The Day Sussex Died. For his courageous actions that day, Nelson was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Sharing his story is the focus of the school’s project.

The award will fund visits to the Redoubt Fortress and other local sites of historical significance. There will be opportunities for the pupils to look at old documents and photographs, and to meet with representatives from local history groups. There will be after school history and vintage dance clubs, a science-based project centred on First World War innovations and much more.

Headteacher Julie Prentice expressed her appreciation.

She said, “It couldn’t have been done without our staff member Michelle Pollard, who displays such a passion and knowledge of history. She, along with the funds awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, have contributed to a whole-community learning experience.”

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