SOMME ANNIVERSARY: Sheffield commuters surprised by 'WW1 soldiers'

Sheffield train station this morning: history and the modern day meet head on as  WW1 soldiers sit next a man waiting for his train.
Sheffield train station this morning: history and the modern day meet head on as WW1 soldiers sit next a man waiting for his train.
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Sheffield commuters were moved this morning by WW1 soldiers sharing the station platform, marking the 100th anniversary of the The battle of Somme.

The tribute is for the fallen soldiers that died in the battle which began on July 1, 1916 in the north of France.

One spectator described the early event as "eerie and poignant" as the pretend soldiers marched around the platforms in silence, whilst on-lookers stood to remember those that lost their lives.

The soldiers were also handing out cards with the names of some 500 members of the Sheffield City Battalion who were killed in conflict on the first day of battle, exactly 100 years ago today.

It is thought as one of the bloodiest battles in human history as by the time it was coming to an end in November the same year, more than a million men had been killed and wounded on all sides.

Over 5,000 of these men were from Sheffield.

Soldiers handed out cards with the names of individuals who lost their lives.

Soldiers handed out cards with the names of individuals who lost their lives.