British man serving in Israeli army killed in Hamas attack – as second Briton feared dead

By John Mercury October 8, 2023

A British man who was serving in the Israeli army has been killed in an attack by Hamas militants – with a second Briton who was visiting the country also feared dead.

Corporal Nathanel Young, 20, from London, was a soldier in the 13th Battalion, according to the Israeli Defence Forces.

His family shared a post on Facebook saying they are “heartbroken”, adding: “Our little brother Nathanel Young was tragically killed on the Gaza Border yesterday.”

A second British man in Israel is also missing from the area of the attacks and is feared dead.

Dan Darlington is originally from the UK but was living in Germany and had been visiting Israel.

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Mr Young was a former pupil at JFS, a Jewish mixed comprehensive school in Kenton, north London, who was living in the Bayit Shel Benji home for lone IDF soldiers in Raanana, north of Tel Aviv, according to the Jewish News.

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Nathanel Young’s family are ‘heartbroken’

Mr Young’s family said in a tribute: “Nathanel was full of life and the life of the party – he carried the nickname DJ on base and at Benji’s house, the lone soldier house that he lived at.

“He loved his family and friends and was loved by everyone. He loved music and was a talented DJ.

“Always willing to go to any lengths for his loved ones. An amazing uncle and brother. He was so happy and thriving in Israel. He loved the country.”

His brother Eliot Young told Sky News: “Nathanel always had strong Jewish pride. From a young age he has always wanted to play an important role in defending his country – it’s something he talked about a lot.”

He added: “Nathanel was also a bubbly guy who my two little daughters loved playing with and were always so excited to visit.

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Nathanel Young was serving in the Israeli army

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Nathanel Young ‘was loved by everyone’

“When Nathanel could have taken his days off to sleep and re-energise, he instead found out where we were, which wasn’t always so close to him, and came to join us.”

It is understood that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is in contact with and assisting the families of several people in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Another British man Jake Marlowe, 26, has been “missing near Gaza” since Saturday morning after Hamas attacked a music festival in southern Israel, the country’s embassy in the UK told Sky News.

Israeli media said on Sunday that 700 Israelis were killed after Hamas launched its surprise attack on Saturday.

Gunmen targeted up to 22 locations in the initial assault, with gun battles continuing into Sunday.

At least 370 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, with a further 2,200 injured, according to the territory’s health ministry.

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