Land Girl Suffragette : The Extraordinary Story of Olive Hockin Author : Artist : arsonist
Olive Hockin (1881-1936) in many ways epitomised those in the vanguard of the Suffrage movement through her class, liberal education and aesthetic principles, but her story reveals a complex character - mixing within elite literary and artistic circles, while revealing a deep understanding and empathy for those whose lives were devoted to work on the land.
Implicated in a 1913 bomb plot against Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Olive was later charged with an arson attack, convicted and sent to prison. On the outbreak of war in 1914, Olive, along with many of her compatriots suspended their militant actions and joined the war effort.
How she then came to work as a labourer on a remote Dartmoor farm is a mystery but her fascinating account of that year is recorded in her book Two Girls on the Land: Wartime on a Dartmoor Farm which, along with the background to her life and times, is republished here in full, including notes and contemporary photographs.