A VILLAGE has paid tribute to the fallen as part of this year's Remembrance commemorations.

SIX men from Dinas Powys who fought in two of the most bloody battles in history were honoured on Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday in the village.

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele which saw an unimaginable loss of life was observed on Saturday, November 11 in Dinas Powys.

This was the focus on the commemoration of the Armistice Service organised by Royal British Legion members and Dinas Powys Community Council.

Derek Brushett addressed the gathering saying: "November 10, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, where half a million men succumbed in the cold and the mud.

"Four men from Dinas Powys, all listed on our memorial, lost their lives at Passchendaele; Lieutenant George Mervyn Stothert of Rosebank on the Common.

"Edward Miles of Eastbrook. Second Lieutenant Henry Trott of Castlewood Cottages and John Gregory Morgan of Millbrook Road.

"But on November 20, 1917, the Battle of Cambrai began, with the German forces retreating to the Hindenburg line.

"Lance Corporal Arthur Hopkins was one of five Hopkins brothers from Mill Farm in Michaelston who went to war and on November 23, at Cambrai, he too lost his life.

"Then there was John Spear, the cousin of Archie Spear who is also on our memorial who lost his life on November 25 at Cambrai."

Light refreshments were arranged by Val Hartrey and the community council at the Methodist Church.

On Sunday, November 12 representatives of 37 village organisations attended the Remembrance Day service.

The commemorations were led by Tony Johansson and the Rev Andrew James supported by other churches.