The founding members of the SGE;
L-R:Henry Hardcastle, F.S.J. Taylor (“Fossie”), Lt. Sidney H. Bowers, Miss Evelyn Pembroke

Our four, founding members were all highly seasoned adventurers during the golden age of Edwardian exploration. Gathered from all corners of the British Isles, they were :


An expert on East Africa, his experience traveling through the former German colonies proved invaluable to British intelligence during the Great War.

F.S.J. TAYLOR (1854-1933)

One of the great English explorers, ‘Fossie’ pioneered travel through the world’s principal deserts, including the Sahara, Gobi and Kalahari. Awarded the George Cross for his actions during the Siege of Mafeking, Second Boer War, 1899-1900.

Lt. SIDNEY H. BOWERS (1883-1915)

Originally stationed in the West Indies, Bowers’ great passion was South America. One of the first explorers to step foot in the ciudad perdida in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Killed-in-action, during the Second Battle of Ypres, at Hooges, July 30th, 1915.


Conducted a series of scientific and research expeditions to Greenland, Northern Iceland and the Arctic. Her work on geomagnetism and the ionosphere was admitted to the Royal Society in 1925. 


Portrait by Steven Rosen Photography.

Our 14th President, Luke J Spencer, was elected in 2018. Travel writer & explorer, who has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the London Times, BBC Travel, Atlas Obscura, MessyNessyChic, Mental Floss & Vogue amongst others. His particular interests lie in Eastern Europe, abandoned buildings, and New York history.