Lilian Lenton(1891-1972), Militant suffragette
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Lenton joined the Women's Social Political Union (WSPU) after hearing Emmeline Pankhurst give a speech. She was subsequently arrested in 1912 for smashing windows during a protest. The WSPU's newspaper, Votes for Women reported 'At the windows excited crowds collected. At the centre of each crowd stood a woman, pale, calm and silent'. In 1913, imprisoned after a series of arson campaigns, she contracted pleurisy after being forcibly fed. The case caught the public's attention as Home Office papers conflicted with the Home Secretary Reginald McKenna's denial of force feeding. Lenton often escaped when she was released from prison, becoming known as the 'elusive Pimpernel'.
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bromide print mounted onto identification sheet, 1914