British Army Officers in the Great War
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NOTES: 1. Suffragists & the 1911 Census Many of the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of the Officers researched refused to participate in the 1911 Census.  As a result some of the data for that period is incomplete. The 1911 census hit a peak period for the Suffragette movement. The Women's Freedom League organized a boycott of the event as a peaceful protest. Charlotte Despard announced the plan saying: 'I am not going to tell whether I am a wife or a widow … until I am a citizen'. In doing so, supporters of the cause risked prosecution and a hefty £5 fine. As a result, many Suffragettes and their male supporters avoided the enumerators by holding open air meetings in large towns and attending all night parties and some went ice-skating! Others left their forms blank or defaced their schedules with posters and slogans, or gave 'Suffragist' as their occupation: 'Votes for Women', 'No Votes for Women- No Census'. Their protest was mentioned in the Times the next morning but the true extent of the action was not known, and the numbers of those who abstained remained undiscovered, although several thousand are estimated. ‘Women do not count, neither shall they be counted’: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the 1911 Census http://hwj.oxfordjournals.org/content/71/1/98.full
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