Stephen was born in Singapore but spent his early childhood on British Forces bases in Germany and his teens in the iconic World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. The combination of armored cars behind the school playground and the view of 4,000-year-old burial mounds from his bedroom window created a deep fascination with history, which he has made into his profession.
This fascination led Stephen to take part in groundbreaking excavations in and around Stonehenge in 2007 and 2008 and, since then, his work has embraced archaeology and history and the sharing of the stories they tell. As well as researching elements of all periods of European history, he has led investigations into the history of the New Forest National Park in England and studied more than one thousand First World War shipwrecks lost in the English Channel. Among his most extraordinary discoveries are two German destroyers, which had been abandoned in the middle of a Royal Navy base in the 1920s and completely forgotten. Between 2019 and 2021 he was the historian and archaeologist during the restoration of the world’s last surviving Landing Craft Tank that served at Normandy during Operation Overlord. A recognized expert on D-Day, Stephen has extensively investigated the extent of surviving D-Day infrastructure on England’s south coast, and the work of the landing craft that sailed from there. He is a trustee for the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust, who commemorate the Royal Navy’s Motor Torpedo Boats and Motor Gun Boats.
Stephen is well-traveled; after graduating he spent four years in Japan and made the most of the journey back to the U.K. by traveling across land and spending time in each country on route. He has extensively explored Europe and likes nothing more than loading up his bicycle and visiting another country.