From the Totnes Times
2 March 1900
THE DEVOTION OF A TEIGNMOUTH NURSE
Miss Alice Tarr, a daughter of Mr. Tarr of Saxe St.,Teignmouth, is with the troops in South Africa. The Duchess of Bedford received from Mr. Treves, the celebrated surgeon at the front, a letter giving an account of the heroic work done by two nurses - Miss McCaul and Miss Alice Tarr, both of whom accompanied him as especially trained assistants.
"The two nurses" he says, "were the only women in the camp of 30,000 men. We reached Frere just before the great battle of the Tugela. The nurses remained at Chieveley, which was, however, within reach of the Boer shells. The wounded all came to four field hospitals, just behind the big guns.
Here we tended to no less than 800 wounded. They were sent on as soon as possible to No. 4 Field Hospital at Chieveley. It was here that the nurses did such splendid work. They were at work night and day. Miss McCaul gave away all her handkerchiefs, gave up her hot water bottle and her mattress. Just before we went to Chieveley, two army sisters joined us, and I expect these are the only four women who have been at the actual front. I cannot speak too highly of the work they did. Many men will remember the nurses at Chieveley.
We came back here on Sunday but had no camp to go to, so the nurses slept on the floor of a looted house, and I slept on a wagon. The trouble here is want of water. What we get is like pea-soup, and can hardly be filtered.
I wish the women of England could know how these four nurses worked at Chieveley, worked until they nearly dropped, and did an amount of good that cannot be estimated."
Miss Tarr, who was the first nurse to tend Lord Robert's son when he was injured at the Battle of Colenso, in a recent letter to her parents, speaks of the bravery of our wounded soldiers, who bore pain without a murmur. Unfortunately, she was taken ill with dysentery (enteric fever) and had to go back to Pietermaritzburg and is expected now to be coming home with Mr. Treves. She speaks in the highest terms of the kindness of the people there.