‘He made his death count’: Mother of first Briton killed fighting ISIS in Syria says she is never far from grief

The mother of a Royal Marine who became the first Briton to be killed fighting ISIS has spoken out for the first time about the agony of losing her son and her pride of his determination to ‘support British values’.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, 25, nicknamed Kosta, spent three months on the front line in Syria alongside Kurdish forces but was fatally wounded by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade on March 2.

His grieving mother, Vasiliki Scurfield, 49, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has praised her son’s brave actions. ‘I’m proud because he faced fear,’ she said. ‘Kosta made his death count.’