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Silver hunger strike medal presented to Kate Lilley

Toye & Co.1912

Museum of London

Museum of London

Boxed silver hunger strike medal presented to the militant suffragette Kate Lilley on her release from prison, May 1912. On one side of the medal is engraved 'Hunger Strike', on the reverse 'Kate Lilley'. The medal is attached to a ribbon in the purple/white/green colours of the WSPU. A silver bar at the top of the ribbon is engraved 'For Valour', the silver bar at the bottom is engraved 'March 4th 1912' referring to the date the Hunger strike began. The medal is complete with its own original presentation box. The box is lined with green velvet with cream satin lining on the hinged lid inscribed in gold 'presented to Kate Lilley by the Women's Social & Political union in recognition of a gallant action, thereby through endurance to the last extremity of hunger and hardship, a great principle of political justice was vindicated'. The outside of the box is covered with purple paper. Dimensions refer to medal

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