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Former ICE apprentice among the Algeria dead

One of the British victims of the Algerian siege has today been named as Sebastian John, who was an apprentice to Richard Coackley during his time as ICE President.

BP engineer Mr John is the fourth British citizen to be named. 37 foreign workers are thought to have died during the incident, 6 of whom are thought to be British.

Former ICE President Richard Coackley said: “Sebastian was a talented young civil engineer with the world at his feet. His mild mannered, supportive nature made him a pleasure to be around and his commitment and passion for his work and his young family shone through in all that he did.

“It was an absolute honour and a pleasure to have him as my apprentice last year and I know he will be greatly missed by all. I join everyone in mourning with Sebastian’s family and friends for the tragic loss of a great young man and civil engineer.”

Mr John joined Arup’s midlands office as a graduate in 2010. He was at Arup’s rail team while he was Mr Coackley’s apprentice before moving to BP in 2012. He was involved with the ICE’s graduate and student network, GSNet, during his time at ICE East Midlands.

Arup UKMEA chair Robert Care also paid tribute.

“Our hearts go out to his family during this time. Sebastian John joined the rail team in Arup’s Midlands office as a graduate in September 2010 and left to join BP in September 2012,” said Care.

“He was a truly outstanding graduate, a former Institution of Civil Engineers President’s Apprentice and made a fantastic contribution to numerous projects during his time at Arup. He was hugely respected by his colleagues and had a very bright future ahead of him.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • Yan Zhou

    Seb and I were both Richard's President's Apprentices. He was a good friend, a dedicated colleague, and a respectful young man. It was an honour to work with him last year as the apprentice. I enjoyed every moment working with him. Seb will be missed by all of us. My thoughts are with Seb's wife Nicola and their young son.

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  • Yan Zhou

    Seb and I were both Richard's President's Apprentices. He was a good friend, a dedicated colleague, and a respectful young man. It was an honour to work with him last year as the apprentice. I enjoyed every moment working with him. Seb will be missed by all of us. My thoughts are with Seb's wife Nicola and their young son.

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  • Paul McCormick

    A sad moment indeed. I met Seb several times over the last 2 years and we talked over dinner many times about travel and projects, he was a truly outstanding individual, a true gentleman with so much energy at the start of a promising international career.

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