Obverse view of Suffragette Hunger Strike medal: 1912
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Obverse view of Suffragette Hunger Strike medal. Silver Hunger Strike Medal with green, white, purple striped ribbon. Inscribed "For Valour / Hunger Strike / Florence Haig" plus the dates of her hunger strikes. Suffragettes treated the fight for the vote as a military campaign. From 1909, those who served prison terms for militancy were awarded medals for their service to the cause. Imitating military honours, hunger strike medals were decorated with enamelled tricolour bars, each bar marking a period of forced feeding. This hunger-strike medal was presented to the suffragette Florence Haig on her release from prison in 1912. Florence had been arrested in March 1912 for breaking the windows of the D H Evans department store in Oxford Street. Sentenced to four months' imprisonment, she went on hunger strike in June but was released within a few days.
1912 AD - 1912 AD