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  • Name: Nelson Victor CARTER
  • D.O.B: 9th Apr, 1887
  • D.O.A: 30th Jun, 1916
  • D.O.D: 30th Jun, 1916
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Company Sergeant Major, 12th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment
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Richebourg l’Avoué, France 30 June 1916

30 June 1916

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The First World War 1916 

The Battle of the Boar’s Head, Richebourg l’Avoué was one of the many diversionary attacks that preceded the Battle of the Somme. It was launched against a German salient north-east of Béthune, between Festubert and Neuve Chapelle, by forces including the 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions Royal Sussex Regiment, all of which suffered heavy casualties. As so many officers had been killed or wounded Company Sergeant Major N V Carter led the fourth wave of the 12th Battalion.


 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. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 8 September 1916. 9 September 1916, Numb. 29740, p. 8870

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