Louisa Constance Agg was born in Winchester in 18691. Her father was a retired Colonel in the 51st Regiment. She was brought up in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire2 3. She started her nurse training in 1896 at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and was on the staff there as Sister Florence, and was outfitted for the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) by The Nightingale Fund4.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Sister Agg joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on 28 March 19005. She sailed for South Africa on the Canada on the 14 April 19006 7. She served at No. 2 General Hospital in Pretoria8. She returned to England 8 January 1901, ‘on duty’ on the Auriana9, and by the time of the 1901 Census was serving at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley10. She received her campaign medal from the King at Marlborough House, 29 July 190111. We are not sure when she left Army service but in 1904 she married Arthur Boycott12.


  1. England & Wales Birth Index, 1837 – 1915
  2. The National Archive: England Census 1871 RG10 2664/ 49/ 15/ 835331
  3. The National Archive: England Census RG11/ 2569/ 93/ 17/ 1341619
  4. McDonald, L. (Ed) (2009) Florence Nightingale: The Nightingale School. Wilfred Laurier University Press p.507
  5. War Office Nominal Roll of the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30 September 1900
  6. Nursing Record & Hospital World, 21 April 1900 p.315
  7. The London Times, 16 April p.8a&8b
  8. The National Archive: War Office WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p24 created at No2 General Hospital, Pretoria; dated August 27, 1901
  9. The London Times, 12 January, 1901 p.10b
  10. The National Archive: England Census RG13/ 1064/ 120/ 2
  11. Nursing Record & Hospital World, 10 August1901 p.111
  12. England & Wales Marriage Index 1837-1915