The life of a cross-dressing actress, suffragette, and chauffeur to the Pankhursts and Pethick-Lawrences
Although Jack received a small allowance from her father, by 1903 she had to go out and earn her own living.
She chose to become an actress and singer.
Publicity photographs show her in a suit and tie, performing one of the many cross-dressing music hall acts.
Jack was involved with the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) by 1908.
Here is her transcription of a WSPU meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on 19 March 1908.
Emmeline Pankhurst had just been released from Holloway for obstructing police at a deputation from the ‘Women’s Parliament’ in Caxton Hall to the House of Commons.
Jack was a chauffeur to the Pankhursts and Pethick-Lawrences.
An article in The Chauffeur magazine commented that: “Anybody who has seen Miss Holme starting up, changing gear, and steering in and out of traffic, will freely acknowledge her right to call herself a chauffeur.”
During the suffrage period, Jack began an important romantic relationship with Lady Evelina Haverfield, which lasted until Eve’s death in 1920.
She was 14 years older than Jack, and married to a wealthy Baron.
Eve was also involved in the suffrage movement as an accomplished horsewoman, and had a masculine style.
At the beginning of the First World War, Eve Haverfield established a women’s auxiliary unit – the Women’s Volunteer Reserve (WVR).
There were branches all over London that trained women for war work, particularly in transport.
In 1915, Jack and Eve joined the transport wing of the Scottish Women’s Hospital, and were sent to Serbia.
Eve was head of the transport unit, and Jack was an ambulance driver.
In a letter to Celia Wray and Alick Embleton, Jack describes her physical transformation:
‘I have my hair cut short and it is awfully wavy and curly, and I look like an impresario – Eve says – and she loves it.’