WWI soldiers appeared at transport focal points across the UK this morning as part of the Battle of the Somme commemorations. Today marks the centenary of the 141-day campaign that began in 1916.

The soldiers (volunteers) silently handed out cards to passers by, each of bore the name of a soldier who died at the Battle of the Somme. On occasion, the volunteers would break out into song; 'We are here because we are here' to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. 

The Battle of the Somme, also referred to as the Somme Offensive, was one of many battles in the First World War. It was fought by the British and French armies against the German Empire. It began on July 1st, 1916 and ended on November 18th. It is considered the largest battle of WWI on the Western Front with more than a million men wounded or killed.

Many people have described the tributes as beautiful and haunting and many were moved to tears by the efforts. Twitter erupted with photos and videos of the soldiers up and down Great Britain, with all of the collated beneath the hashtag #WeAreHere.

Have you seen 'ghost soldiers' today? #wearehere pic.twitter.com/0oeRG2XFOT

— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) July 1, 2016

 

Thoroughly mind-blown when these silent ghosts fell in behind me this morning in the City
#wearehere pic.twitter.com/ZpuW5gj96V

— Nick Affleck (@nick_affleck) July 1, 2016

 

It certainly proves that you don't need to scream and shout to deliver a message. These silent heroes quietly reminded us to remember those who valiantly gave their lives so that we could live ours.

Read more on the Battle of Somme here...