‘His flame burned brightly with love, courage, conviction and honour . . .’

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Tributes have been paid to the volunteer fighter who died fighting ISIS.

His parents, Christopher and Vasilika, of Occupation Road, Royston, said: “His flame might have burned briefly, but it burned brightly with love, courage, conviction and honour and we are very proud of him.”

They said it was ‘a difficult time’ for their family.

Staff at New College, Nottinghamshire, where Mr Scurfield studied drama from 2008 to 2010, spoke of their sadness at his death.

The college said: “Our staff remember him fondly, he was an excellent student and a popular, well-liked young man. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Jordan Matson, reportedly a former US soldier fighting with the Kurds, posted on Facebook: “We were together from his first day here and you couldn’t ask for a more disciplined warrior.

“Kosta volunteered for every attack and guard duty opportunity. He wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy.”

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