|This painting by Norie is of Stephenson when he was Brigade-Major at the Prince Consort's Camp for Instructors at Cobham in 1853. He was also Adjutant of the 1st Battalion from 1845-54 having served in the regiment since 1827. In 1854 he was on the staff but rejoined the regiment for the Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman and the siege of Sebastopol. He was again on the staff as Military Secretary to the C-in-C until Nov 1855.
He was Assistant Adjutant-General on the Expeditionary force to China 1857-60 and was at the capture of Canton. He was Deputy Adjutant-General under Sir Hope Grant in 1860-61, being present at the capture of the Taku Forts. Returning to his regiment, he was Commanding Officer of the Scots Fusilier Guards from 1868 to 1874. Colonel Stephenson was then on the Nile Expedition of 1884-5 for which he received the thanks of Parliament. He commanded the Egyptian Frontier Force in 1885-6 which resulted in a victory at Geniss.
With the rank of General he was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Bath (GCB) and appointed Colonel of the York and Lancaster regiment from 22nd Dec 1888 to 20th June 1892, and then Colonel of the Coldstream Guards from 16th July 1892 to 10th March 1911. His last appointment was as Constable of the Tower of London.
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