Biography

Louisa Constance Agg was born in Winchester in 18691England & Wales Birth Index, 1837 – 1915. Her father was a retired Colonel in the 51st Regiment. She was brought up in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire2The National Archive: England Census 1871 RG10 2664/ 49/ 15/ 835331 3The National Archive: England Census RG11/ 2569/ 93/ 17/ 1341619. 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 Fund4McDonald, L. (Ed) (2009) Florence Nightingale: The Nightingale School. Wilfred Laurier University Press p.507.

Nursing Service in the Boer War

Sister Agg joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on 28 March 19005War Office Nominal Roll of the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve) as at 30 September 1900. She sailed for South Africa on the Canada on the 14 April 19006Nursing Record & Hospital World, 21 April 1900 p.315 7The London Times, 16 April p.8a&8b. She served at No. 2 General Hospital in Pretoria8The National Archive: War Office WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p24 created at No2 General Hospital, Pretoria; dated August 27, 1901. She returned to England 8 January 1901, ‘on duty’ on the Auriana9The National Archive: War Office WO 100/229 QSA Medal Roll p24 created at No2 General Hospital, Pretoria; dated August 27, 1901, and by the time of the 1901 Census was serving at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley10The National Archive: England Census RG13/ 1064/ 120/ 2. She received her campaign medal from the King at Marlborough House, 29 July 190111Nursing Record & Hospital World, 10 August1901 p.111. We are not sure when she left Army service but in 1904 she married Arthur Boycott12England & Wales Marriage Index 1837-1915.