Ryan Lock flew out to Syria last August
Former chef Ryan Lock is believed to have died during an offensive by anti ISIS forces in a bid to take back control of the northern city of Raqqa, the death cult’s capital.
The 20-year-old was recovered by his Kurdish comrades after shooting himself to avoid being taken prisoner and used as a propaganda tool.
His body arrived in Kurd-controlled territory yesterday, supposedly a month after his death, where Mr Lock was received during a military ceremony.
And now his fellow fighters have promised to send the youngster’s body home to be with his family.
The former chef "actively" fought against ISIS with Kurdish troops
Mark Campbell, a Kurdish rights campaigner, said on Facebook: “UK YPG volunteer Ryan Lock’s body passed over the border of Rojava to KRG (Kurdish Regional Government) region with military honours today [Tuesday] to begin his journey home to his family and friends for burial in the UK.
“Our thoughts today are very much with his mother, father and whole family at this difficult time and very much hope that the repatriation process in Erbil will be speedy so the family can have Ryan home, as soon as possible, for burial.”
The Brit, from Chichester in West Sussex, had no previous military experience before he joined the People’s Protection Units, known as the YPG.
Kurdish troops were trying to push ISIS out of Raqqa in Syria
Ryan was a very caring and loving boy who would do anything to help anyone.
Ryan's father John Lock
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He reportedly left Britain last August, telling his family he was going on holiday to Turkey.
But instead but later posted a message on his Facebook account saying he had arrived in Syria to fight the terror group.
Given the Kurdish name Berxwedan Givara, Mr Lock joined the YPG on 4 September and had "participated actively" in the conflict in Syria.
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A letter offering condolences to his family back in the UK said: "Ryan was not only a fighter providing additional force to our struggle.
“In fact, with his experience and knowledge he has been an example for younger fighters,"
Mr Lock was killed alongside four other YPG fighters during an offensive launched by the Kurdish force on December 21.
Ryan Lock shot himself last December during a Kurd-led offensive
In a statement, his father John Lock said "Ryan was a very caring and loving boy who would do anything to help anyone.
"He had a heart of gold. We ask for privacy to allow our family to grieve."
He also added the family was “grateful to the YPG for bringing him home”.