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Obverse view of the Holloway medal presented to Lady Constance Lytton. 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. Lady Lytton had been a member of the Women's Social and Political Union for only a month before she was arrested for joining a deputation to Parliament on 24 February 1909. On this occasion, she served one month in Holloway prison.
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