On the first Wednesday in June 1913, a smartly dressed woman left Epsom Downs station to join the crowds on Derby Day.
Her name was Emily Wilding Davison, she was a forty-year-old graduate from Northumberland, and she belonged to the Women’s Social and Political Union. Under her coat she carried two Suffragette flags.
Showing Suffragette outrage on King George’s horse Anmer. The picture above shows horse, jockey (Herbert Jones) and the woman, Miss Davison, lying on the ground. From Romance of the Derby Stakes by Alan Macey, 2nd edition pub 1932 by Hutchinson & Co Ltd. Facing p216 – The race of 1913 at Tattenham Corner. Courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum
Davison was taken to the Epsom Cottage Hospital in Alexandra Road, where she died four days later.
Her funeral was long remembered as the last great Suffragette rally, a pageant in which thousands of women in white paid their last respects to the heroine who had died for their freedom. Five years later, women achieved the vote.
Watch the Pathé newsreel film of the Derby here http://www.britishpathe.com/video/emily-davison-throws-herself-under-the-kings-derby
Read Bourne Hall Museum’s detailed article about the 1913 Derby and Emily Davison http://www.epsom.townpage.co.uk/bhmsuffragettes.html
Watch the Warwick Trading Co. newsreel film of Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral procession, from the film archives of Screen Archive South East, here http://screenarchive.brighton.ac.uk/detail/29/
Read ‘Woman and Sphere’ the fascinating blog by suffrage expert Dr Elizabeth Crawford which features Emily Wilding Davison https://womanandhersphere.com/2017/01/30/suffrage-stories-who-did-the-flowers-material-culture-and-emily-wilding-davisons-funeral/