#OTD in 1917 – Louisa Nelson is honoured with the medal for heroism during Easter Week 1916.

According to the Sinn Féin Rebellion handbook (pg. 259), she tended to ‘wounded officers and men’ during a battle on Mount Street Bridge. ‘Miss Nolan went calmly through a hail of bullets and carried water and other comforts to the wounded men,’ the publication notes. Her story made it across the Atlantic, where a Chicago newspaper dubbed her ‘Ireland’s Bravest Colleen’ on 20 March. She was the daughter of ex-Head Constable Nolan of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who resided at Ringsend.’ As a teenager she was a chorus girl at the Gaiety Theatre.

Photo: Miss Louisa Nolan (L) attends an investiture ceremony to receive a Military Medal for her actions during the Easter Rising of 1916.

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