Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter

Born: 06/04/1887

Died: 30/06/1916

Unit: 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Location of VC action: Richebourg L’Avoue, France

Date of VC action: 30/06/1916

Citation: “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. His conduct throughout the day was magnificent”

Carter was buried in the Royal Irish Rifles Churchyard, Laventie, France. His Victoria Cross is kept at the Eastbourne Redoubt Museum and a blue plaque can be seen on the wall of 33 Greys Road Eastbourne, where he lived before the First World War.

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