Hugh Franklin belonged to a wealthy banking family who owned homes in London and Buckinghamshire. He initially studied Engineering at Cambridge before giving up his studies in preference for campaigning for 'votes for women'.
Hugh was imprisoned three times for different forms of militant action, including attacking Winston Churchill. Hugh was among the most force-fed of all the suffragette prisoners and was among the first to be released from prison early under the 'Cat and Mouse Act'. Much later, Hugh Franklin stood as Labour Parliamentary candidate for St Albans.