Racecourse pays tribute to Emily

Emily Davison Plaque unveiling at Epsom.'Lauren Caisley and Rupert Trevelyan.
Emily Davison Plaque unveiling at Epsom.'Lauren Caisley and Rupert Trevelyan.

A TRIBUTE to Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison has been unveiled almost 100 years after her death.

Epsom Racecourse has erected a plaque in the campaigner’s memory at the spot where she suffered her fatal accident on June 4, 1913, when she stepped onto the track during the Derby and was hit by the King’s horse.

It is thought that Emily had been trying to draw attention to the Suffragette cause.

Emily lived in Longhorsley and had many relations in Morpeth. After her death her body was brought to Morpeth and thousands lined the route as she was taken to St Mary’s Churchyard for burial.

Now Northumberland descendants of the family have made the return trip to Epsom to see the new tribute, including 19-year-old Lauren Caisley who was given the honour of unveiling the plaque at Tattenham Corner.

She said: “It was a great privilege to be present to see Epsom honouring Emily in this way and to recognise the sacrifice she made for women’s rights.”

The ceremony was attended by what is thought to be the largest gathering of Emily’s relations from across the globe, many of whom had never met before.

The plaque states: ‘It was from this place, on 4 June 1913, that Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison sustained injuries that resulted in her death at Epsom Cottage Hospital.

‘Her lifelong dedication to women’s suffrage and the contribution she made to the lives of British women, past and present, is remembered.’

The racecourse is going to display images of Emily on Derby Day and will host an all-women’s sky diving team, as well as the Military Wives Choir.