A former Heath Grammar school pupil will be royally honoured with an OBE in recognition of his exceptional response to a terrorist attack.
British ambassador for Algeria, Martyn Roper, 48, who was born and bred in Highroad Well, Halifax, has been shortlisted on the Diplomatic Service and Birthday Honours List for services to UK business interests in Algeria and in particular, for the exceptional role he played in directing the UK ground response to the In Amenas terrorist attack in January 2013 in which six British nationals lost their lives. He was the only foreign Ambassador to visit In Amenas and personally supervised the evacuation and repatriation of British nationals.
Mr Martyn organised the visit made by the Prime Minister after the terrorist attack.
“I am honoured to receive an OBE for promoting British interests in Algeria. I would like to thank the whole Embassy team for helping with the response to the terrible terrorist incident and my thoughts are very much with the families of all those who lost loved ones.”
Martyn’s mother, Sandra Heaton, of Sowerby Bridge, said: “Martyn always worked really hard at school. I’m very proud of him.”
Mr Roper has had a school hall, Martyn Roper, named after him at a school in Batna, Algeria.
Martyn is the son of Sandra Heaton and the late Keith David Roper, he is the brother of Simon Roper and Karen Bottomley who live in Halifax.
He resides in Algeria with his wife Lisse and two children.