Mark Shields, Tribute to Sebastian John from Steffan Griffiths Head Master at Norwich School
“The school is saddened by the loss of such a talented former pupil, particularly in these most unhappy circumstances; our thoughts in the coming days and weeks will be with Sebastian’s wife and family.
“Sebastian was a strong achiever at this school, at university and in his career. It is desperately sad that his exciting promise has been cut short, but we will do what we can to help the family remember the very positive effect he has had on our community. The school is in touch with the family and will continue to offer all possible assistance at this time”.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A young father from Norwich was among the victims of the Algerian siege, it has been revealed.
Sebastian John, 26, was today named as the fourth Briton to have died in the terror attack at the In Amenas plant, in which six UK Nationals are thought to have died.
Mr John was a former Norwich School pupil who was married to Nicola, with whom he had a seven-month-old baby.
He was a civil and structural engineer who began work for BP last year, and had arrived in Algeria a week before the siege started to complete a training course.
In a statement released by the Foreign Office today, Mrs John paid an emotional tribute to her husband.
“Sebastian was the most amazing person. He was a fantastic husband, father, son and brother,” she said.
“There won’t be a moment that goes by where we won’t think of him.
“We are so proud of Sebastian for all he achieved in his life. He was taken away from us too early and in the most tragic circumstances.
“We will always love him, he will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed.”
Mr John was a former Loughborough University student who had been selected as a president’s apprentice by the Institute of Civil Engineers.
A total of 37 foreign workers are believed to have died at the remote desert facility – part-operated by BP – which was overrun by heavily-armed terrorists.
Some 29 of the hostage-takers died, while three were captured by Algerian troops during a special forces mission to end the four-day stand-off.
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