Stephen served in the Royal Engineers from 04/07/1951 as career soldier and he served in the Korean War and Japan. Stephen was demobbed 01/01/1957. After he left the regular Army he was a reservist and was called up to serve again during the Suez Crisis in 1959.

He finally left the reserves in 03/07/67 and served a total of 16 years. He was responsible for destroying allied fortifications and installations when the conflicts were over so they could not be utilized against the allied occupation forces. Stephen was also an Army Boxing Champion his campaign medals and boxing medals were displayed on his coffin.