Suffragette's criminal record revealed

This month marks the centenary of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison's death after her collision with the King's horse at the Epsom Derby.

After sharing a newspaper article about Emily earlier this month, we've also spotted her in our criminal records.

Two years before her death, Emily was found guilty of placing a 'dangerous substance likely to injure' in a Post Office letter box – click on the image to see a larger version:


Here we learn:

  • Emily's offence: 'Unlawfully and maliciously placing in a Post Office letter box a dangerous substance likely to injure the same and its contents and attempt to commit like offence'
  • She was received into custody on 14 December 1911 and bailed on 21 December 1911
  • Emily was tried before the recorder on 10 January 1912
  • She was found guilty and was sentenced to 6 months in Holloway Prison (without hard labour)
  • Her previous criminal record: Emily was sentenced to a fine or 2 months in prison on 6 September 1909 for damage. She also had 6 summary convictions for damage, etc.


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