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An article called “Sensational Derby” in the Morning Post, 5 June 1913
(Catalogue ref: HO 144/1150/210696)

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An extraordinary incident marked the race for the Derby yesterday afternoon. As the horses were making for Tattenham Corner a woman rushed out on the course in front of the King’s horse Anmer, and put her hands above her head. The horse knocked her down, and then turned a complete somersault on its jockey, Herbert Jones. When the animal recovered itself Jones was dragged a few yards. He is suffering from concussion, and the woman, who had a Suffragist flag wrapped round her waist, and whose name is Emily Wilding Davison, is in a very serious condition in Epsom Cottage Hospital. The King made immediate inquiries regarding his jockey, who has no bones broken. …

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There was great consternation among those on the Grand Stand when they saw Herbert Jones, obviously unconscious, being brought on an ambulance into the weighing enclosure. His Majesty left the Royal Box and came down to the Jockey Club terraces to inquire as to the condition of his jockey. Jones was for a little time unconscious from concussion, and his face and arms were injured. But it is gratifying to learn that he is recovering from the shock and the fall. The King commanded Superintendent McCarthy to bring him details of the affair. These have been briefly set out as officially furnished. When the cause of the injury to Jones became known a feeling of resentment against the Suffragists was only natural. And yet outside the Epsom Downs Station about five o’clock when the return to town was in full swing, a woman in the Suffragist colours was to be seen endeavouring to sell the papers of the cause.

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The woman knocked down by Anmer was Miss Emily Wilding Davison, a well-known Suffragist, who has been sentenced on several occasions for acts of militancy. The fact that a Women’s Social and Political Union card was found on her, and that she had the Suffragist colours tied around her waist, suggested that her action in placing herself in the way of the horses was a deliberate one, but (says the Press Association) people who were close by her at the rails expressed the view that she rushed on the course in the belief that all the horses had passed. Some of the spectators gave it as their opinion that she was crossing the course in order to get to a friend on the opposite side, and fainted when she saw the horses galloping on her. On the other hand, an eyewitness regarded it as a deliberate act. “We were,” he said, “all intent on the finish of the race, and were straining forward to see which of the leaders had won. Just at that moment there was a scream, and I saw a woman leaping forward and making a grab at the bridle of Anmer, the King’s horse. The horse reared and fell, bringing down its jockey. Jones seemed to be stunned and was taken away by ambulance men. The woman was lying on the ground, and when the crowd rushed on to the course the police surrounded her. She was removed on a stretcher.” …

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The career of Miss Davison is given as follows in “Women’s Who’s Who”:

Davison, Miss Emily Wilding, BA Honours (London), Oxford Final Honour School in English Language and Literature (Class I), &c., Society: W.S.P.U.; born at Blackheath; daughter of Charles Edward and Margaret Davison; joined W.S.P.U. November 1906.

Imprisoned: (1) March 30, 1909, one month for going on deputation;
(2) July 30, 1909, two months’ for obstruction at Limehouse, released after five and a half days’ hunger strike;
(3) September 4, 1909, stone-throwing at White City, Manchester, two months, but released after two and a half days’ hunger strike;
(4) October 20, 1909, stone-throwing at Radcliffe, one month's hard labour on each count, hunger struck, forcibly fed, hose-pipe incident in Strangeways prison and released at end of eight days;
(5) November 19, 1910, broke a window inside the House of Commons; one month, hunger struck, forcibly fed, and released after eight days;
(6) December 14, 1911, arrested for setting fire to pillar-boxes in City of Westminster; Holloway, remand one week; and
(7) January 10, 1912, for above, sentenced at Old Bailey to six months’ imprisonment; hunger struck twice with others, and twice forcibly fed; released 10 days before sentence finished on account of injuries sustained in protest made against forcible feeding;
(8) November 30, 1912, sentenced to 10 days imprisonment for assaulting a Baptist Minister by mistake for Mr. Lloyd George at Aberdeen Station; hunger struck, and released at end of 4 days’ fast;

was arrested on great deputation, together with Mrs. Pankhurst, June 29, 1909; January 19, 1910, won case against visiting magistrates at Strangeways Prison, Manchester;
has three times hidden in House of Commons – April, 1910, in hot-air shaft; April, 1911, in crypt; and also in June, 1911;
marches in which took part – March, 1907; July, 1910; June, 1911; and July, 1911.
Publications: Articles in ‘Votes for Women’ and other papers.
Recreations: Swimming, cycling and studying.
Address: Longhorsley, S.O., Northumberland.

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causing strong interest or reaction

derby a horse race held each year at Epsom
suffragist someone who wants political voting rights given to more people, in this case to women
gratifying pleasing
acts of militancy acts involving fighting or being aggressive
obstruction the act of getting in the way of or interfering with or blocking something
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