Martyr Reece Harding
Reece lived with his parents and his younger brother in their suburban home in Banwa, Australia.
When he was eight-year-old, he was a national swimming champion with Olympic potential.
Reyes denounced ISIS’s crimes against innocent civilians, once said to his mother, “Why does the world do nothing to help these innocent people?”
The fight against terrorism:
On May 2, 2015, he left Australia without informing his friends or family about his plan, heading to northeastern Syria. Upon his arriving to NE Syria, he sent a letter to his mother saying, “Mom, don’t worry about me. I’m doing humanitarian work.”
On May 4, 2015, Reece joined the Syrian Democratic Forces under the Nom de Guerre Heval Bagok. He met the English fighter Joe Akerman and joined the (EOD) squad responsible for removing explosives planted by ISIS terrorists in civilian villages.
His comrade Joe Akerman says:
“Reece wasn’t out there to get a name for himself, or for any press, or for any money. He was just out there to help.”
On Saturday night , June 27, 2015, his six-fighter unit was on a mine-clearing mission in the village of al-Musheirfa, about 35 kilometers north of Raqqa city . When they were walking on a file, they were attacked by ISIS terrorists, then Reece stepped on one of the hidden wires of the anti-tank mine and was martyred instantly, while his five comrades were injured. Reece was the second Australian martyr in the SDF, and he was 23 years old at the time.
His body was handed over to his family to be buried in Melbourne, Australia. In his memory, his photo was put on a memorial in Qamishlo city with other martyrs’ photos.