Stephenson, Henry James

He was the younger son of Sir Guy Stephenson CB, of Cowden, and Lady Gwendolen Stephenson, the daughter of the Right Honourable John Gilbert Talbot PC and nephew of the Right Honourable Sir George John Talbot PC, Judge of the High Court of Justice (D1873-1880), Fellow of Winchester College 1930-1938. His older brother was John Frederick Eustace Stephenson (Coll.1922- 1928).

Henry Stephenson was always more noticeable as a games player than as a scholar. He came at the beginning of a Cloister Time, the junior man on his roll, and at once showed himself to be a keen and useful cricketer in Toye Cup. At Winchester College football he showed skill and power as a kick, and was in XV dress in Short Half 1936, when he had been less than two years in the school.  In 1938 he got into XV and into VI. He gained his Flannels for cricket in 1937.

He left in 1939 and went into an insurance office. An old football injury and short sight prevented him from qualifying for flying duties, but he joined the ranks of the RAFVR in 1941. After some months he obtained his commission as a Pilot Officer in 1942, and was selected for special duties as an RAF courier. He did very well in this work, for which he was well suited, and travelled to Canada, Iceland, the USA and the Middle East. However, on December 17th 1943, he developed poliomyelitis, from which he died at the age of twenty-two. He is buried in Holy Trinity churchyard, Mark Beech, Hever, where his funeral was held at 1315 on Monday December 20th 1943.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Stephenson
  • Forenames or initials: Henry James
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1935-1939
  • Rank: Flight Lieutenant
  • Regiment: RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 25th July 1921
  • Date of Death: 17th December 1943
  • How Died: Died on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Holy Trinity Churchyard, Mark Beech, Hever, Kent