Former girlfriend pays tribute to Barnsley fighter shot dead in Syria

In this undated image provided by Jordan Matson, Kurdish fighters and foreign volunteers fighting together against the against the Islamic State group, including American citizen Jordan Matson, second right, Australian citizen volunteer Ase Johnson, right, and British citizen Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, foreground, pose for a group photo in Sinjar, Iraq. Scurfield was shot dead on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Syria, a Kurdish commander said Wednesday. At least one other foreign fighter, Australian Ase Johnson, is known to have been killed fighting alongside the Kurds. (AP Photo courtesy Jordan Matson)
In this undated image provided by Jordan Matson, Kurdish fighters and foreign volunteers fighting together against the against the Islamic State group, including American citizen Jordan Matson, second right, Australian citizen volunteer Ase Johnson, right, and British citizen Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, foreground, pose for a group photo in Sinjar, Iraq. Scurfield was shot dead on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Syria, a Kurdish commander said Wednesday. At least one other foreign fighter, Australian Ase Johnson, is known to have been killed fighting alongside the Kurds. (AP Photo courtesy Jordan Matson)
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The former Royal Marine from Barnsley shot dead fighting against Islamic State in Syria wanted to ‘help other people and to make a difference’, his former girlfriend said.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, aged 25, from Royston, was killed while fighting as a volunteer alongside Kurdish forces after leaving the British military because he was ‘horrified by the atrocities being carried out by IS’ and felt not enough was being done to help the Kurds.

Jemma Weston, 23, a former girlfriend, said she believes he travelled to Syria to ‘give something back’, having told her before he left that it was simply something he had to do.

Describing Mr Scurfield as ‘amazing,’ she said he had sacrificed his life to help others.

“It was his way of giving something back. When I last spoke to him I asked him if he would be alright and he said ‘Yeah, I’ll be fine’. He told me ‘This is something I’ve got to do’,” she said.

“Going to Syria was his way of doing an unselfish act. He was going to help other people and to make a difference, I think.

“Losing him has left a huge hole in my heart.”

A Royal Marine who served with Mr Scurfield said: “He was very angry about the Middle East and the Islamic State.

“As a unit we have been on standby several times but nothing happened. He was frustrated that the UK was standing back.”

Mr Scurfield, an expert in battlefield medicine, told his parents, Christopher and Vasilikia, he planned to provide medical and humanitarian support but it has emerged he took part in battles with IS.

Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis was contacted by Mr Scurfield’s parents, who were concerned about their son’s safety a few weeks before he died, and raised the issue in parliament last month when he asked how many Britons had travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight.

Following Mr Scurfield’s death he pressed the Foreign Office for an answer on Wednesday.

Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing said she expected a ’timely reply’.

She added: “May I say on behalf of the whole House that I’m sure everyone in the House joins me in sending to his family our most sincere sympathy at the loss of this brave young man.”

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