Emily Wilding Davison

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Emily Wilding Davison

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Blackheath, London
Death: June 8, 1913 (40)
Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom (trampled by the King's horse)
Place of Burial: Morpeth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Edward Davison and Margaret Davison
Sister of Alfred Norris Davison; Isabella Georgina De Baeker; Charles Chisolm Davison; John Anderson Davison; George William Davison and 7 others

Occupation: suffragette
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About Emily Wilding Davison


Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) was a militant activist who fought for women's suffrage in Britain. She was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times.[1] She stepped in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913, suffering fatal injuries. 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.[2]

Modern historians agree that Davison was trying to disturb the Derby to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide,[3][4] and 2013 analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the bridle of the King's horse. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that her position before she stepped out onto the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out in a haphazard way to kill herself.


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Emily Wilding Davison's Timeline

October 11, 1872
Blackheath, London
June 8, 1913
Age 40
Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Morpeth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom