Visiting former battlefields, viewing the masses of graves and touring the devastated towns and villages, started as soon at the fighting ended in 1918. Battlefield tourism became a popular activity for well-heeled tourists and memorabilia collectors; guidebooks were quickly produced to help with this lucrative enterprise. The First World War kick-started the tourist industry.

The wealthy bereaved also came, curious to see where their sons, husbands or brothers had died, though it's unlikely many thought about the killing their menfolk had been there to do. Souvenir hunters helped to create the Imperial War Museum's rich collection of artefacts.

Party of battlefield tourists on a terrace in Ypres, 1919.