Body of a Gold Coast fighter to arrive home

The body of a Gold Coast man killed battling Islamic State militants in Syria is expected to arrive back in Australia shortly.

Reece Harding, 23, died last month after stepping on a landmine while fighting with the Kurdish YPG in the war zone.

His body is expected to arrive in Melbourne sometime this morning ahead of a traditional Kurdish funeral ceremony planned for Sunday.


A family service will take place on the Gold Coast on August 1.

It’s expected Melbourne’s Kurdish community will greet the body this morning, as a gesture of thanks for his decision to join the Kurdish YPG battling against IS.

Reece’s parents Michele and Keith Harding are also travelling to Melbourne.

The Lions of Rojava group, who support Kurdish efforts to defeat IS, has used Facebook to urge Australian Kurds to be present for the body’s arrival.

“Show respect by attending his arrival and embracing him for what he has done for humanity. Bring the most beautiful flowers for him,” a post written this week said.