A British man reportedly killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria has been named by Kurdish sources.
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield was believed to be fighting alongside Kurdish YPG forces in the northern province of Hasakah.
The details of the death were confirmed by British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – but it said it was not clear whether the man was a British national or a Greek man who had been living in Britain.
The Foreign Office is investigating reports the dead man is a former Royal Marine.
Sky sources have confirmed a man with the same name used to serve with the Royal Marines.
Pro-Kurdish rights activist Mark Campbell told Sky News he broke the news of the man’s death to his family.
“To be honest it was a harrowing phone call.
“There were three questions really his mother wanted to know immediately…
“She wanted to know if there’s a body – and there is. She wanted to know when he died – he died yesterday. And she wanted to know if he died in combat – which he had.”
He was wounded during fighting between the towns of Tal Hamis and al Hol and died from his wounds.
The Foreign Office said in a statement: “We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Syria.
“As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited.”
Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the observatory, said just over 100 Western fighters have joined Kurdish forces in Syria from countries including the US, France, Spain and the Netherlands.
Their numbers are small in comparison with those foreign recruits who have joined IS and other hardline groups.
An Australian man fighting with Kurdish forces was killed in the country last week, the Observatory and a Kurdish source said.