Hundreds attend funeral for Barnsley man killed fighting ISIS in Syria

Picture Shows funeral of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield at t Paul's with St Stephen's Church, Nottingham this morning. Over 500 people crowded into the church to pay their respects. Erik, 25, of Barnsley, an ex-Royal Marine was killed in Syria fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS. Before the funeral service his body will be brought to St Paul's with St Stephen's Church to allow members of the public and Kurdish community to pay their respects.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
Picture Shows funeral of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield at t Paul's with St Stephen's Church, Nottingham this morning. Over 500 people crowded into the church to pay their respects. Erik, 25, of Barnsley, an ex-Royal Marine was killed in Syria fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS. Before the funeral service his body will be brought to St Paul's with St Stephen's Church to allow members of the public and Kurdish community to pay their respects.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
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Hundreds of people packed into a church to pay their final respects to a Barnsley soldier who was killed fighting ISIS.

Former Royal Marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, who was known as Kosta, died aged 25 when he was fighting with Kurdish forces as a volunteer in Syria.

Roads were closed for three hours to make way for his funeral procession in Nottingham yesterday morning.

More than 500 people crowded into a Greek Orthodox Church after members of the public and the Kurdish community had gathered outside beforehand to say a final farewell.

Kosta, from Royston, was fighting against Islamic State militants with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units when he came under attack near the town of Qamishli, on the border with Turkey, on March 2.

It is understood he was killed by mortar fire in an area where ISIS forces have been attacking Kurdish and Christian communities.

Kosta attended Royston High School and was a former member of 45 Commando.

He reportedly left the elite regiment just months ago and went to the Middle East after befriending fighters in the region on Facebook. He is believed to have travelled to Syria hoping to provide medical and humanitarian support.

He is the first Briton to be killed while fighting Islamic State in Syria.