Sir Guy Stephenson 239
- Born: 5 November 1865, St. George's Hanover Square, London 10
- Marriage: Gwendolen Talbot in 1905
- Died: 17 October 1930, 31 Queens Gate, London aged 64 13
From The Times, October 18, 1930
Sir Guy Stephenson, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, died in
London last night, at the age of 65. He had been ill since the
beginning of September, when he underwent an operation, and had since
made a most gallant fight for recovery.
Stephenson was a criminal lawyer of wide knowledge and long
experience, and in him the country loses a public servant of tried
ability and conscientious industry whose work was naturally known only
to few. Personally, he was one of the kindest of men, and he will be
deeply regretted in a very wide circle.
The eldest son of the late Sir Augustus Keppel Stephenson, K.C., who
was Solicitor to the Treasury and Director of Public Prosecutions when
the two offices were held together, he was born in 1865, and obtained
an entrance scholarship at Harrow, where he was in Mr. A. G. Watson's
house. He was in the Shooting VIII. in 1884, and went up to Trinity
College, Cambridge, where he took his degree in 1887. He was called
to the Inner Temple in 1888, and obtained an excellent practice at the
Central Criminal Court and on the South-Eastern Circuit. He was
appointed counsel to the Treasury at the North London Sessions in
1901, and Assistant Solicitor to the Treasury in 1905.
Three years later he was made Assistant Director of Public
Prosecutions, his chief being the late Sir Charles Mathews, in whose
chambers he had spent his early years at the Bar. He had already
learnt from Mathews the art of mastering all the details of a case by
arranging them in chronological order, and this proved of great value
to him in the public service. He was created C.B. in 1913 and was
knighted in 1923. Sir Guy was joint editor of the 22nd and 23rd
editions of Archbold's Criminal Pleading. He was an old Volunteer,
who had served in the 2nd V.B., The Wiltshire Regiment, and was fond
of shooting, fishing, and golf. For many years he was a much
appreciated contributor to the social life of the Bar, for he
possessed remarkable skill in whistling to his own piano
accompaniments. He married, in 1905, Gwendolen, daughter of the late
Right Hon. J. G. Talbot, and had four sons and one daughter.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Census UK 1911: 1911, 41 Egerton Gardens, Kensington, London. 10
2. Resided: 17 October 1930, 41 Egerton Gardens, Kensington, London. 13
3. His funeral was held on 20 October 1930 in Nunton, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
4. Memorial Service: 21 October 1930, All Saints', Ennismore Gardens, London.
5. He had an estate probated on 13 December 1930 in London. 13
Guy married Gwendolen Talbot, daughter of John Gilbert Talbot and Meriel Sarah Lyttelton, in 1905. (Gwendolen Talbot was born in 1877 in Westminster, London 10 and died on 26 July 1960 in Edenbridge, Kent 13.)