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.

Plymouth train station #wearehere pic.twitter.com/RdD4EzIuV0

— Kevin Johnson (@Kev_Johnson__) July 1, 2016

Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art #wearehere pic.twitter.com/sx01Qktdc9

— dawn taylor (@dawn_rebecca) July 1, 2016

100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, commemorated in Brixton pic.twitter.com/bYvmN54pap

— Brixton Blog (@BrixtonBlog) July 1, 2016

Bit of a different morning commute today. They were so young. #wearehere #somme pic.twitter.com/6MnneRv3c8

— Jen Chapman (@MissChap) July 1, 2016

With all that is happening in the country right now, this really puts things into perspective #wearehere #Newcastle pic.twitter.com/fFN65JksqC

— MandyCharlton (@MandyCharlton) July 1, 2016

Horribly realistic. What an amazing idea ... @se1 #Somme100 #Waterloo pic.twitter.com/yS9jBZX9rH

— Lara Roussel (@laraloobrush) July 1, 2016

More inspirational scenes here in Sheffield this morning #wearehere #Somme100 pic.twitter.com/MLUKKvJV7N

— Darren Henley (@HENLEYDARREN) July 1, 2016

#wearehere at Welford Road on this historic day pic.twitter.com/hVrDg3HltH

— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) July 1, 2016

#wearehere pic.twitter.com/iRgheVHRCo

— TommysViews (@TommysViews) July 1, 2016

Remembering our fallen in #MCR #Somme100 #wearehere pic.twitter.com/kLyO0C45pU

— Rob Dymond-Green (@robwdg) July 1, 2016

Moving tribute to WWI soldiers at #Waterloo #Somme100. A stark reminder of the insignificance of our daily grumbles. pic.twitter.com/G1WkNbaILB

— Harriet (@harrietalmas) July 1, 2016

Ghosts from the past very present in our today.
A few more pics from Alan Meban of the #wearehere project #Somme100 pic.twitter.com/jtZNJBLf0J

— History Hub Ulster (@HistoryUlster) July 1, 2016

Remembering those that died 100 years ago today at the #Somme100 in #Aberystwyth #wearehere pic.twitter.com/dejclpguAV

— Andrew Hardy (@ajhardy13) July 1, 2016

Soldiers in #Bristol today #wearehere pic.twitter.com/Sj9JbWfa7C

— Amy (@AmyTreasureBlog) July 1, 2016

#wearehere pic.twitter.com/z3yu7KqHRu

— TommysViews (@TommysViews) July 1, 2016

Breathing taking scene today at Liverpool Street Station #Somme100 #wearehere pic.twitter.com/SFiYCveIaX

— Stribe (@StribeUK) July 1, 2016

Manchester Victoria this morning #wearehere pic.twitter.com/TI6ZAJIyv3

— allan foy (@allanfoy) July 1, 2016

On way to work. Outside KX, 15-20 silent young men in WW1 uniforms. One approaches me and gives me card #wearehere pic.twitter.com/bUJ0uL0cN0

— Shamil Makhecha (@shamspeaks) July 1, 2016

Simply stunning. Power of performance is unquestionable #wearehere pic.twitter.com/XJgMXDAkCR

— Erin Lee (@wee_bookworm) July 1, 2016

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.