Emily Davison
(1872-1913)

woman and Suffragette

Died aged c. 41

Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) was a suffragette who fought for women's suffrage in Britain in the early 20th century. She was known for extreme tactics that resulted in her arrest on nine occasions. She protested by means of hunger strikes, and was force-fed 49 times while incarcerated. The hunger strike was a common tactic among suffragettes as was force-feeding by British penal authorities in response. In her most famous moment of protest, Davison stepped in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on June the 4th, 1913 and suffered injuries that proved fatal four days later. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Thousands of suffragettes accompanied the coffin and tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London. After a service in Bloomsbury, her coffin was taken by train to the family grave in Morpeth, Northumberland.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

Emily Wilding Davison 11th October 1872 - 8th June 1913 It was from this place, on the 4th June 1913, that suffragette Emily Wilding Davison sustained injuries that resulted in her death at Epsom Cottage Hospital. Her lifelong dedication to women's suffrage, and the contribution that she made to the lives of British women, past and present, is remembered.

Epsom Downs Racecourse, KT18 5LQ, Epsom, United Kingdom where she was (1913)

In loving memory of Emily Wilding Davison. In this broom cupboard Emily Wilding Davison hid herself illegally, during the night of the 1911 census. She was a brave suffragette campaigning for votes for women at a time when Parliament denied them that right. In this way she was able to record her address, on the night of that census, as being "The House of Commons", thus making her claim to the same political rights as men. Emily Wilding Davison died in June 1913 from injuries sustained when she threw herself under the King's horse at The Derby to draw public attention to the injustice suffered by women. By such means was democracy won for the people of Britain. Notice placed here by Tony Benn MP "I must tell you, Mr Speaker, that I am going to put a plaque in the House. I shall have it made myself and screwed on the door of the broom cupboard in the Crypt."

House of Parliament, London, United Kingdom where she hid (1911)

From this house Emily Wilding Davison suffragette set out for The Derby, Epsom-June 1913. Fight on, God will the victory. Votes for women.

Post Office, Longhorsley, United Kingdom where she set forth

Emily Davison heroine of the Women's Suffrage Movement was cared for here 1913

Epsom Cottage Hospital, Epsom, United Kingdom where she was (1913)