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Suffragettes attack prison doctor

London, 10 August 1913 - Dr Pearson, the medical doctor of Holloway Prison, was attacked yesterday morning by a group of suffragettes who were waiting for him as he arrived for work. The suffragettes targeted the doctor as they are angry with comments he made about one of their number in court last week. They are also unhappy with the treatment that he provides those suffragettes in the prison.

On his arrival at the prison, Dr Pearson was attacked by several women, one of whom beat him with an ivory handled riding crop. As the attack was taking place a number of female prisoners who had just been released rushed to the doctor’s aid. Blows were exchanged between the two groups of women until the suffragettes made good their escape on a passing motor bus. As yet, no arrests have been made.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

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