First World War soldiers appear across country in moving Somme tribute

First World War soldiers at London Waterloo Credit: Alastair Stewart/ITV News

Hundreds of First World War soldiers have been spotted at train stations and public places up and down the country, as part of commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

From London Waterloo to Manchester Piccadilly, Glasgow to Plymouth, commuters have been stopping in their tracks at the moving sight of the actors in First World War uniform.

Actors dressed as First World War soldiers in Glasgow Credit: SWNS

The soldiers have been filmed breaking into a rendition of We're Here Because We're Here, sung by soldiers in the trenches in 1916.

They are also handing out cards with the names of servicemen who died on the opening day of the battle.

Cards with the names of soldiers who died on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme Credit: Alastair Stewart/ITV News

One hundred years ago today, one of the bloodiest battles in British military history began, with British and French troops going over the top of their trenches to attack German lines.

As many as 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Photos and videos posted on social media with the the hashtag #wearehere are being collected at the website