On Friday morning (1 July 2016) across the UK, commuters have witnessed moving tributes to the thousands of young British soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme. Young men in First World War uniforms have been spotted outside railway stations or silently mingling with rail passengers. The soldiers handed out cards to passers-by, each bearing the name of a soldier who died when the battle started on this day 100 years ago.
Many people have posted photos of their encounters with the past on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #wearehere. You can see the latest pictures here.
Today (Friday 1 July 2016) marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive – one of the bloodiest battles in history. Thousands upon thousands of men were sent over the top, charging into what became known as No-Man's Land armed with bayoneted rifles, but they more often than not taken down by German machine-gun fire. Around 20,000 British soldiers were killed on the first day of battle alone.