A hero has been honoured with a permanent memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his act of gallantry in the First World War.
Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on June 30, 1916, at Boar’s Head, Richebourg l’Avoue.
On Saturday (July 2) a commemorative stone was unveiled during a special ceremony at the war memorial in Hailsham High Street.
Town councillor Frank Berry, who is vice-chairman of the Royal British Legion Hailsham & District Branch, said: “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.”
Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter VC was born in Eastbourne on April 6, 1887, and educated in Hailsham.
He 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.
The Victoria Cross award is the highest for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be given to British and Commonwealth forces.
Mayor Nigel Coltman joined local councillors and Royal British Legion Hailsham & District Branch members at Saturday’s event.
“We are honoured to have recognised the immense courage displayed by Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter,” he said.
“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.”
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.
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