Tributes paid to Second World War veteran Bill Roper

A local hero and war veteran who lived in Weymouth sadly passed away on December 6, at the age of 97.

Bill Roper was born in Abbotsbury in 1921 and joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, two years before the outbreak of World War Two.
On his twentieth birthday he helped capture an Enigma machine and code book from German U-boat U110, which played a vital part in allowing British intelligence to crack German codes.
This was in 1941, when Bill was serving as a weapons officer aboard the HMS Broadway.