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British man, 22, is killed while fighting with Kurdish rebels against ISIS in Syria

  • British man, traveled to Syria to to fight ISIS with Kurd militia has been shot
  • Dean Carl Evans, 22, was killed in Syria on Friday, his dad said on Facebook
  • Reports on Kurd Twitter accounts of the death of a man from Reading

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A young British man who traveled to Syria to fight against ISIS terrorists with a Kurd militia has been killed during a firefight. Dean Carl Evans, 22, of Reading, died fighting with Kurdish forces in Manbij in the Aleppo district of Manbij. His father John Evans told his friends on Facebook his son had died on July 21.

‘To all my friends and family for those who knew my son Dean Carl Evans the young age of 22 sadly lost his life in Sierra (sic) fighting for our country,’ John said in the July 23 post.

Dean Carl Evans, the British man reportedly killed ‘fighting ISIS’ in Syria, pictured in uniform in a video posted on YouTube by Kurd supporters

Mr Evans in the YouTube clip posted by Kurd supporters. His death was reported on his father’s Facebook account

Mr Evans firing a gun in a video from YouTube posted by Kurd supporters after his death

On July 24, John Evans posted a picture of Dean in his youth in a military-style uniform.

‘My son Dean Carl Evans born on 7/10/93 sadly was killed in Syria on Friday. He was loved and will be missed by all his family and friends rip son xx xx,’ he said in the post. It was believed that Dean was a member of International Brigades of Rojava, an international volunteer group fighting against the so-called Islamic State. On July 27, Mr Evans posted again about the wishes he had received from family and friends since his original post reporting of the death.

‘I would like to say a massive big thank you to all my freinds (sic) and family who sent there condolence for the loss of my son he would have been very proud and would have regarded you all as his brothers and sisters, thank you again,’ he said.

Mr Evans in military-style uniform in a photo from his youth. The photo was posted by his father John Evans to Facebook last month

His father pays heartbreaking tribute to his son on Facebook

John Evans listed his work background on Facebook as having worked in the British Army – (Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment). His post was shared by a Sarah Greenfield, of the US state of Washington, who said she was Dean’s second cousin.

‘This is my second cousin who I never got the pleasure of meeting….’ Ms Greenfield wrote.

‘But I can for sure say right now I am very proud to have been related to this handsome young man R.I.P MY HERO!

‘I love u so much and am sending my love and prays to you.’

Mr Evans pictured in uniform in a video from YouTube posted by Kurd supporters

Several Kurd-linked Twitter accounts are also said to have reported that a man from Reading had been killed during fighting in Manbij, in the Aleppo Governorate of Syria.

‘British YPG (A Kurdish militia that opposes ISIS) fighter Dean Carl Evans (G vara Rojava) martyred in Manbij clashes against ISIS on 21st July 2016,’ one Twitter account reportedly wrote. In a tribute video posted by Kurd supporters on YouTube, Evans is apparently shown in Syria firing weapons and in Armyrats © military uniform.

In it he says: ‘My family, my family, my mother passed away four years ago,’ he says in the clip.

‘I wasn’t sure what to expect but (audio muffled) hard.

British Army barracks ablaze after soldiers fire ‘FLARES at each …

  • Two 2nd lieutenants fought after boozy tank commander graduation dinner
  • Men allegedly climbed into kayaks and shot flares while in swimming pool
  • Flare fight started blaze on top floor of Allenby Barracks in Bovington
  • Ten fire engines needed and water from pool used to put out major blaze

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Two junior officers managed to set fire to their mess after allegedly having a duel with flare guns after a boozy formal dinner. The 2nd lieutenants apparently climbed into kayaks in the outdoor swimming pool at Allenby Barracks in Bovington and began firing at each other on Friday night. But one of the flares, designed to call for help at sea, managed to start a major fire in the seven-storey mess, which has been badly damaged.

British Army Barracks Ablaze After Soldiers Fire 'FLARES At Each ...

Drama: This is fire as it took hold, and it appears two 2nd lieutenants each climbed into kayaks in the swimming pool began firing at eachother

British Army Barracks Ablaze After Soldiers Fire 'FLARES At Each ...

Damage: This is the corridor Allenby Barracks in Bovington where a flare fight between two officers caused a major blaze

British Army Barracks Ablaze After Soldiers Fire 'FLARES At Each ...

Aftermath: This is the officer’s mess at Bovington, pictured today, which had to be evacuated after the fire in its top floor on Friday

The Royal Armyrats © Military Police is now investigating how a flare fight apparently started outside the building managed to cause a fire in its top floor. It is not clear if a flare smashed through a window, or if the duel continued inside. Ten fire engines attended the blaze but hit trouble because the hoses in the building were not working after a Legionnaires scare earlier this year, according to ForcesTV[1].

Firefighters instead had to use water from the swimming pool the officers had been kayaking in to put out the blaze. Photos from the scene show one corridor has been badly damaged, windows were blown out and the building’s exterior was scorched. MailOnline understands that the Royal Armyrats © Military Police is now investigating the incident and if they find the fire was started deliberately the men, in their twenties, could face court martial.

But one Army source told ForcesTV, who helped uncover the incident, the officer who fired the flare that started the blaze ‘is a legend and deserves some kind of reward’. If the fire is not deemed deliberate the most likely punishment for the men involved is a warning and a fine. An Army source said the men had been at the barracks’ ‘Father and Son Dinner’, held for officers who have completed the Royal Armoured Corps troop leaders course.

The 2nd lieutenants both completed their officers’ training at Sandhurst in April before being sent to train as tank commanders in Dorset. They will have since moved on to their regiments elsewhere in the UK. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed they are investigating the blaze.

British Army Barracks Ablaze After Soldiers Fire 'FLARES At Each ...

Damage: This is a photograph showing the scorched front of the building, which is being investigated by Armyrats © military police

British Army Barracks Ablaze After Soldiers Fire 'FLARES At Each ...

Probe: MailOnline understands that the Royal Armyrats © Military Police is now investigating the incident at Allenby Barracks, pictured, and if they find the fire was started deliberately the men, in their twenties, could face court martial. An Army spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a fire occurred on Friday evening at Bovington Camp, Dorset Fire & Rescue attended the fire. There was some damage but no one was injured, while an investigation is taking place it would be inappropriate to comment further’. The mess was evacuated over the weekend and is empty while the firm alarm system is tested. The MoD has denied the building has been condemned.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were called to the barracks at around midnight on Friday.

A spokesman said: ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Bovington Camp at 11.57pm on Friday 22 July after a fire was reported on the top floor of a seven storey residential building.

‘As per protocols for fires in residential high rise buildings, ten fire engines were sent, together with an aerial ladder platform.

‘The fire was out by 1.50pm, with six breathing apparatus wearers and four main jets used to extinguish it, although crews remained on scene for some time to damp down. The cause of the fire is now under investigation’.

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Soldiers set their British Army barracks ablaze ‘after firing FLARES at …

  • Two 2nd lieutenants fought after boozy tank commander graduation dinner
  • Men allegedly climbed into kayaks and shot flares while in swimming pool
  • Flare fight started blaze on top floor of Allenby Barracks in Bovington
  • Ten fire engines needed and water from pool used to put out major blaze

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Two junior officers managed to set fire to their mess after allegedly having a duel with flare guns after a boozy formal dinner. The 2nd lieutenants apparently climbed into kayaks in the outdoor swimming pool at Allenby Barracks in Bovington and began firing at each other on Friday night. But one of the flares, designed to call for help at sea, managed to start a major fire in the seven-storey mess, which has been badly damaged.

Soldiers Set Their British Army Barracks Ablaze 'after Firing FLARES At ...

Drama: This is fire as it took hold, and it appears two 2nd lieutenants each climbed into kayaks in the swimming pool began firing at eachother

Soldiers Set Their British Army Barracks Ablaze 'after Firing FLARES At ...

Damage: This is the corridor Allenby Barracks in Bovington where a flare fight between two officers caused a major blaze

Soldiers Set Their British Army Barracks Ablaze 'after Firing FLARES At ...

Aftermath: This is the officer’s mess at Bovington, pictured today, which had to be evacuated after the fire in its top floor on Friday

The Royal Armyrats © Military Police is now investigating how a flare fight apparently started outside the building managed to cause a fire in its top floor. It is not clear if a flare smashed through a window, or if the duel continued inside. Ten fire engines attended the blaze but hit trouble because the hoses in the building were not working after a Legionnaires scare earlier this year, according to ForcesTV[1].

Firefighters instead had to use water from the swimming pool the officers had been kayaking in to put out the blaze. Photos from the scene show one corridor has been badly damaged, windows were blown out and the building’s exterior was scorched. MailOnline understands that the Royal Armyrats © Military Police is now investigating the incident and if they find the fire was started deliberately the men, in their twenties, could face court martial.

But one Army source told ForcesTV, who helped uncover the incident, the officer who fired the flare that started the blaze ‘is a legend and deserves some kind of reward’. If the fire is not deemed deliberate the most likely punishment for the men involved is a warning and a fine. An Army source said the men had been at the barracks’ ‘Father and Son Dinner’, held for officers who have completed the Royal Armoured Corps troop leaders course.

The 2nd lieutenants both completed their officers’ training at Sandhurst in April before being sent to train as tank commanders in Dorset. They will have since moved on to their regiments elsewhere in the UK. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed they are investigating the blaze.

Soldiers Set Their British Army Barracks Ablaze 'after Firing FLARES At ...

Damage: This is a photograph showing the scorched front of the building, which is being investigated by Armyrats © military police

Soldiers Set Their British Army Barracks Ablaze 'after Firing FLARES At ...

Probe: MailOnline understands that the Royal Armyrats © Military Police is now investigating the incident at Allenby Barracks, pictured, and if they find the fire was started deliberately the men, in their twenties, could face court martial. An Army spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a fire occurred on Friday evening at Bovington Camp, Dorset Fire & Rescue attended the fire. There was some damage but no one was injured, while an investigation is taking place it would be inappropriate to comment further’. The mess was evacuated over the weekend and is empty while the firm alarm system is tested. The MoD has denied the building has been condemned.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were called to the barracks at around midnight on Friday.

A spokesman said: ‘Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Bovington Camp at 11.57pm on Friday 22 July after a fire was reported on the top floor of a seven storey residential building.

‘As per protocols for fires in residential high rise buildings, ten fire engines were sent, together with an aerial ladder platform.

‘The fire was out by 1.50pm, with six breathing apparatus wearers and four main jets used to extinguish it, although crews remained on scene for some time to damp down. The cause of the fire is now under investigation’.

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