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Members of the Sedgwick Club in 1913 during a field trip to Malvern. (Sedgwick Museum: SGWC_02_02_15)

The Great War

As with many other societies in the University, the regular workings of the Sedgwick Club were disrupted by the onset of the First World War in 1914. This event has been recorded in the Club's extensive minute books.

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The minute book recording the first meeting of the Club after the outbreak of war. The war-list mentioned in the Easter Term 1915 entry is shown in the following two pictures. (Sedgwick Museum: SGWC_01_01_11)
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The war-list, side one of two. This list documented the students of the Sedgwick Club who had gone to fight, and the regiments to which they were attached to. (Sedgwick Museum: SGWC_01)
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The war-list, side two of two. This list documented the students of the Sedgwick Club who had gone to fight, and the regiments to which they were attached to. (Sedgwick Museum: SGWC_01)
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Geology students from overseas who attended the first meeting of the Sedgwick Club after the Great War in 1919. (Sedgwick Museum: SGWC_01_01_11)

During this period, the minutes books record that in Michaelmas 1914:

Owing to the outbreak of the war, (of the ordinary members) there were only 1 undergraduate & 4 lady members of the Club in residence. It was therefore decided that no ordinary meetings should be held or papers read.

A following journal entry in Easter Term 1915 recalls the drawing of a war-list, which was displayed in the Sedgwick Museum during the duration of the war.

When the war ended, the first meeting of the Club was also attended by overseas geology students, most of whom were from the United States of America. The first meeting after the war was held on 13 May 1919.


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