first published on February 4, 2017 by Josh
Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, is said to have taken his own life to avoid being captured by members of the Islamic State during an offensive operation on Raqqa in December of 2016. The British chef, with no prior military experience, volunteered to fight ISIS with the Kurdish YPG.
According to Mark Campbell, a Kurdish rights campaigner, his body was returned to Rojava to the KRG on Tuesday with full military honors. “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.” said Campbell in a Facebook post.
Ryan was with four other members of the YPG when they made the decision to take their own lives instead of being captured by the Islamic State.