On 24 February 1917, at Buckingham Palace, King George V honoured Louisa Nolan just 18 years old with the Military Medal for her actions during the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.
According to the Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook, she tended to wounded officers and men during the battle on Mount Street Bridge.
Official British casualties accounted four officers and 216 other ranks killed or wounded during the engagement at Mount Street. Seventeen Volunteers had taken up defensive positions in buildings along the street. Four Volunteers escaped through the rear of the buildings evading capture.
Louisa Nolan was the daughter of the former head constable of the Royal Irish Constabulary (Ireland’s police force before 1922). After the Rising, Louisa Nolan moved to London where her two sisters were nurses. Her two brothers were in the British Army and Navy respectively. A third brother was killed in August 1916 on the Western Front during World War I.
Lou Lawrence on Facebook notes:
“Louisa Nolan was my great, great aunt.”