Soldier earned Victoria Cross

Nelson Victor Carter ENGSUS00120130723135913
Nelson Victor Carter ENGSUS00120130723135913
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With the commemorations of the First World War this year, Looking Back takes a look at the life of Nelson Victor Carter, who was born in Eastbourne and received the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Carter was born on April 9 1887 to Richard Carter, of Hailsham; husband of Kathleen Carter, of 33 Greys Road, Old Town.

He was 29 years old and a company sergeant major in the 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, British Army when he died during the First World War.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on June 30 1916 at Boar’s Head, Richebourg l’Avoue, France, for most conspicuous bravery.

During an attack he was in command of the fourth wave of the assault. Under intense shell and machine gun fire he penetrated, with a few men, into the enemy’s second line and inflicted heavy casualties with bombs.

When forced to retire to the enemy’s first line, he captured a machine gun and shot the gunner with his revolver.

Finally, after carrying several wounded men into safety, he was himself mortally wounded and died in a few minutes.

He was buried in the Royal Irish Rifles Churchyard, Laventie, France in Plot VI. Row C. Grave 17.

His Victoria Cross is now at the Redoubt Museum.

A blue plaque can be seen on the wall of his former home at 33 Greys Road.