Emily Davison killed at the 1913 Derby



Emily Davison threw herself in front of the King's horse Anmer during the Derby in June 1913 to draw attention to the suffragette campaign. Although this front page says that Davison survived, she was in fact killed in the incident. As a result of this act Davison became a martyr for the suffragette movement.

In her autobiography My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst writes:

Emily Davison clung to her conviction that one great tragedy, the deliberate throwing into the breach of a human life, would put an end to the intolerable torture of women. And so she threw herself at the king's horse, in full view of the king and queen and a great multitude of their majesties' subjects.

The Daily Sketch was Britain's oldest tabloid newspaper, was founded in 1909 and closed in 1971. This is one of a number of scoop pictures published in the Sketch over the years, including sinking of the Titanic.

Taken from: The Daily Sketch
Date: June 1913
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: Newspaper Library