LONDON, AUG. 24 -- The British boy who has come to symbolize the plight of the Westerners held in Iraq was identified today as 5-year-old Stuart Lockwood.

The youngster was seen Thursday in an Iraqi videotape of President Saddam Hussein's visit to a group of British hostages. Dressed in blue soccer shorts and white shirt, Stuart stood with his arms crossed and inched away when Saddam patted him on the head and a military aide stroked his neck.

The telecast was attacked as a "repulsive charade" by the British Foreign Office and "shameful theatrics" by the U.S. State Department.

Stuart was identified by his aunt and uncle from a videotape of the telecast and from the photographs that appeared on the front pages of newspapers.

The boy, who nodded when Saddam asked if he was getting his milk and cornflakes, was also seen on Iraqi television today playing soccer and chess with other captive boys.

"He's just a boy, he likes what any little boy likes," his aunt, Judy Campbell, told reporters. "He's football {soccer} crazy, he's just so happy, full of fun. . . . He looked very nervous, not the little boy we knew who came home in April."

The Campbells also recognized Stuart's parents in the videotape. The reason the Lockwoods had been living in Baghdad was not revealed.