Hon. Mrs Evelina Haverfield

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1867

Died: 1920

Place of birth: Kingussie, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Main Suffrage Society: WSPU

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 3


Other sources: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4769024
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866?1928 (1999)

Further Information:

Family information: Daughter of 3rd Baron Abinger. Married Major Henry Haverfield in 1887 and moved to Dorset. They had two sons. Evelina's husband died in 1895. She remarried but kept her first husband's name.

Additional Information: Evelina joined the WSPU in 1908 after hearing Minnie Baldock speak. Evelina was an active helper, financial supporter and organiser, and was key to the formation of a WSPU branch in Sherborne, Dorset, of which she became honorary secretary. She was arrested in June 1909 after taking part in a deputation to the House of Commons. She was found guilty, together with Emmeline Pankhurst, and fined. The fine was paid for her without her consent and so imprisonment was avoided. In May 1910, she was an organiser of the Paddington (London) branch of the WSPU, which she was connected to until she left the WSPU in 1914. An excellent horsewoman, Evelina was a mounted marshal in the WSPU procession of 1910. She was arrested at the 'Black Friday' demonstration and was charged with assault for hitting a policeman in the mouth ? she was reported to have said 'not hard enough. Next time I will bring a revolver.' She was sentenced to one month in prison but again someone paid her fine. She was sentenced for trying to break up the line of police horses deployed in relation to the window-smashing campaign in 1911, after the government 'torpedoed' the Conciliation Bill. She served a two-week sentence. In 1910, she was a member of the Women's Tax Resistance League (WTRL) and donated to other societies, including the Men's Political Union for Women's Enfranchisement (MPU). In April 1914, she left the WSPU to join the East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS) and became honorary treasurer. She also joined the United Suffragists (US), becoming vice president.

Other Suffrage Activities: Evelina helped to launch the Women's Emergency Corps during the First World War and the Women's Volunteer Reserve (she became commandant). She spent most of the rest of the war aiding the Serbian people and, when the war ended in 1918, started an orphanage for Serbian children. She was closely tied to Vera Holme, a fellow suffragette. The two women were probably partners.

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