Edith Ann Key (1872-1937) née Proctor

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Edith Ann Proctor was born in Eccleshill, Bradford, and was raised by her aunts.

She married blind musician Frederic Charles Key in 1891. The couple had two sons:

  • Lancelot Luxton Herbert Coldwell Key (1891-1957)[1]
  • Archibald Frederic Key (1894-1986)[2]

Edith was the first secretary of the Huddersfield branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and her minute book for the period May 1907 to February 1909 is held by West Yorkshire Archive Service.[3]

During 1913 and 1914, the Key's home was used to hide suffragettes who were evading the authorities under the Prisoners (Temporary Discharge for Ill Health) Act 1913 — better known as the Cat and Mouse Act — including Adela Pankhurst.[4]


Notes and References

  1. Married Ethel Stead on 14 October 1922 at Christ Church, Woodhouse. Died 28 May 1957 in Huddersfield.
  2. He married Lillian Moody in 1920 and then emigrated to Canada where he worked as a newspaper editor and then as a museum director. He was awarded the Order of Canada.
  3. West Yorkshire Archive Service (reference: WYAS225).
  4. Wikipedia: Adela Pankhurst.