Suffragettes - Their long road to personal freedom 1870's - 1930's
June 2013 marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) who was a militant activist who fought for women's suffrage in Britain. She was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times. She is best known for stepping in front of King George V's horse at the Epsom Derby on June 4 1913, sustaining injuries that resulted in her death four days later. Emily Davison's funeral was on 14 June 1913 and she was buried the next day in the church yard that was near Longhorsley. Some have claimed that she was trying to disturb the Derby in order to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide.
Recent analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the kings horse's bridle. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that the position of Davison before she stepped out on to the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out recklessly to kill herself.