Stone to mark gallantry of Hailsham hero

A commemorative paving stone is set to be unveiled in Hailsham next year to honour the memory of Victoria Cross winner, Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter
A commemorative paving stone is set to be unveiled in Hailsham next year to honour the memory of Victoria Cross winner, Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter

A commemorative paving stone is to be unveiled next to Hailsham war memorial next year to honour Victoria Cross winner, Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter.

The stone will be revealed in a ceremony in June marking the act of gallantry that won him the Victoria Cross.

Born in Eastbourne, he was educated in Hailsham. In December 1902 he enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery, and became a bombadier, but was discharged on the August 17 1903 as medically unfit.

Declared fully fit in August 1906 he again enlisted into the RFA and served three years with the regiment. However, whilst on service in Singapore he was once again declared medically unfit and returned to England and discharged.

Upon the outbreak of WWI, Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter VC joined Lowther’s Lambs in September 1914, promoted corporal on the same day, then sergeant and later Warrant Officer Class II.

He was then was sent to France attached to ‘A’ Company, 12th Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment, and served with this detachment until his death on the 30th June 1916 whilst winning his Victoria Cross.

Town Mayor cllr Jo Bentley said: “Town clerk John Harrison and I sought permission from the Department of Communities & Local Government to honour Company Sergeant Major Nelson Victor Carter VC by purchasing a commemorative Victoria Cross stone to honour his courage and provide a lasting legacy of this Hailsham-raised and educated hero, a true son of Hailsham.”

“But this stone will also serve as a representation of the bravery of all born, raised or educated in our town who served in the First World War and of the sacrifice of those who fell.”