Emily Davison 1872-1913 “Deeds not words”

4 Jun

The brave Suffragette Emily Davison was trampled by King George V’s horse Anmer, 4th June 1913 at the Epsom Derby (Emily died from her injuries 4 days later).

Emily had been a militant campaigner for the suffragette movement. Emily was able to promote the movement by resistance and publicity stunts. In 1911 she hid in Westminster Palace overnight so she could fill her census form as, place of residence “House of Commons”. Emily chained herself to buildings, heckled the Prime Minister and threw stones at Government coaches.

Emily had been jailed a number of times. Whilst in Strangeways Prison – Manchester, she went on hunger strike causing the prison forced feed her. Emily on release managed to win compensation, through the courts for the Prisons and Wardens actions.

Emily’s grave stone reads, “Deeds not words” – something we need to be reminded of, we tend to be spectators of life as events unfold around us.

An interesting fact is that Herbet Jones, who was the Jockey riding Anmer at the Epson Race committed suicide in 1951. He was said to have been haunted by the Epsom incident his entire life.

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One Response to “Emily Davison 1872-1913 “Deeds not words””

  1. fiale June 5, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Apologies for a mistake on the headline calling Emily Davison, Emily Wilson. Whilst I used the correct name in the article, apologies for the headline mistake. This was a mistake caused by transposing the surname of another suffragette article I was writing concerning Woodrow Wilson.

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