Rearrest of Emmeline Pankhurst, 26 May 1913
Emmeline was rearrested whilst recuperating at the home of the composer Ethel Smyth in Woking. Emmeline, still weakened by hunger strike, is here seen fainting back on the knee of Ethel.
Unlike her fellow Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst was never force-fed by the authorities. This brutal and invasive treatment was regarded as too controversial to inflict on such a high profile leader who, by this time, was in her 50s. Nonetheless, her health suffered due to hunger striking.
In April 1913, Emmeline Pankhurst received her final prison sentence of three years' penal servitude, for incitement to place an explosive in a building at Walton, Surrey. She again went on hunger strike and was subsequently released from Holloway after several days.
On her recovery, she was rearrested under the terms of the Cat and Mouse Act and thus began a pattern of hunger strike, release, recuperation and re-arrest that continued until the end of July, when the police finally decided not to re-arrest her.
During each period of recuperation from hunger strike Emmeline Pankhurst found refuge in a number of safe houses and was always nursed back to health by her nurse Catherine Pine.