THE body of a Barnsley soldier who was killed fighting Islamic State militants in Syria has been returned home.

Kosta Scurfield, 25, from Royston, was the first Briton to be killed fighting the terror group. He passed away on March 2 while fighting alongside Kurdish forces.

His body was handed over to his father, Chris, in a ceremony on the Syria-Irag border. Hundreds turned out to pay their respects before Kosta's body was flown home.

The ex-Royal Marine, who was an expert in battlefield medicine, is believed to have travelled to the war-torn country in December.

Mark Campbell, a pro-Kurdish rights campaigner, posted on his Facebook page: "It is the duty of every Kurd and friends of the Kurdish struggle in Syria to show their respect to this fallen hero.

"Frustrated by the lack of UK action and support for the Kurds’ heroic battle against ISIS, he put his own life on the line for his own personal principles. Time to welcome him home."

Hundreds of members from the Kurdish community lined the streets in Manchester when Kosta's body returned.