Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Emily Davison gave her life for women's rights 100 years ago today

Derby Day 4th June 1913 saw a Northumbrian suffragette threw herself in front of King George V’s horse, Anmer, running in the Epsom Derby; she suffered serious injuries that led to her death four days later. All this summer Emily's legacy is being remembered across Northumberland and in the Houses of Parliament she wanted to see women have the right to vote for, and stand up in as parliamentarians.

The horse and jockey survived but Davison is buried in the church yard of St. Mary the Virgin Morpeth in a family plot where her father was buried. The cemetery is about 7 miles south of Longhorsley, where she had lived with her mother and family. A memorial service, which attracted a great crowd, was held at St. George's church in London on 14 June 1913. Her coffin was brought by train to Morpeth for burial on 15 June. Her gravestone bears the WSPU slogan, "Deeds not words."
More details about this remarkable woman are found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Davison