Body of ex-Marine killed fighting IS to be flown back to UK tomorrow

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield

The body of an ex-Royal Marine from South Yorkshire killed fighting against Islamic State is due to arrive back in the UK tomorrow.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, 25, from Royston near Barnsley, was shot dead on March 2 while fighting in Syria alongside Kurdish forces in the frontline village of Tel Khuzela.

His body was given to his father and uncle at the weekend in a ceremony on the Syria-Iraq border involving hundreds of Syrian Kurds.

It will be flown back to the UK today, according to Mark Campbell, a pro-Kurdish rights campaigner who broke the news of Mr Scurfield’s death to his mother.

Mr Campbell posted on his Facebook page that Mr Scurfield’s body will arrive back at Manchester Airport on Friday morning.

He said: “It is the duty of every Kurd and friends of the Kurdish struggle in Syria to be there to show our respect to this fallen hero, who, frustrated by the lack of UK action and support for the Kurds’ heroic battle against Isis, put his own life on the line for his own personal principles.”

Earlier this week, Mr Scurfield’s mother Vasliki told a reception in Parliament how proud she was of her son and said: “Let’s stop standing by and let’s instead think creatively about grinding down and putting out the biggest threat to the world since the Nazis.

“Kosta was not a mercenary, he wasn’t an out of work soldier looking for an adventure or something to do to pass the time.

“And although this is not the way that many of us would have had him choose, it is the way he considered best for him and I’m proud of him for finding the courage to do this.”

She added: “Kosta may not have been supporting British political interests with his actions but he was certainly supporting British values.”

Mrs Scurfield urged governments and media across the world to “shine a spotlight” on IS and to name and shame all organisations and states supporting them.