The nation has fallen silent to honour the thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
The battle was the bloodiest day in British military history, with 60,000 soldiers killed on the first day alone.
Ceremonies were held across the country, with a two-minute silence ending at 7.30am - the time when British, Commonwealth and French forces went 'over the top' in northern France.
In London, people lined Parliament Square to pay tribute, with the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery manning three guns which were fired every four seconds for 100 seconds to mark the silence.
The battle lasted for 141 days.
The people behind the moving tribute marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme were unknown - until now.
Acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo has written this piece of prose exclusively for ITV News to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.
The War Horse and Private Peaceful author joined ITV News in Northern France to reflect on the sacrifices made at the Battle of the Somme.