The family of a British 24-year-old who was killed in the fight against ISIS today said he had told them he was 'abroad doing charity work' - but two weeks later they discovered he was in northern Syria.
Volunteer Oliver Hall, who died in Raqqa on November 25 while clearing mines, travelled to the Middle Eastern country after he did not find his work as a telecommunications engineer fulfilling.
While working for his stepdad, Mr Hall, of Lee-on-the-Solent, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, planned his trip to Syria to join the fight against the ISIS terror-group without his family's knowledge.
Oliver Hall, 24, died in Raqqa, northern Syria while clearing mines left behind by ISIS terroristsiPhone transfer software
Mr Hall told his family that he was going abroad to do 'charity work' but ended up in Syria
After his family discovered Mr Hall was in Syria, his family pleaded with him to return home
Despite pleas from family and friends for him to return home, Mr Hall, who had no prior military training before travelling there in August, said he had 'finally found his purpose in life'.
In a statement released today, his family said: 'Ollie was the youngest of my two sons, he was always a fun loving, cheeky, mischievous boy, who grew up to be a brave, courageous and handsome man.
'For me, one of the greatest attributes he possessed was his caring nature, particularly towards children and animals.
'He went to Bay House School, in