Former Anglesey MP, High Sheriff, County Councillor and Brigadier General, Sir Owen Thomas, was laid to rest with his parents and family in March 1923 in Ebenezer Cemetery, Llanfechell. Affectionately known locally as ‘The Dear General’ his grave had over the years, become overgrown, untidy and worn. Having heard about the fantastic work which the charity Change Step, a peer mentoring charity for veterans in Wales, had been doing for war graves and memorials, Anglesey Councillor and Armed Forces Champion, Aled Morris Jones, invited the veterans to help.

Assisted by a community grant from the Armed Forces Covenant, the veterans offer gardening services to help maintain war graves in the six local authorities in North Wales. Ronnie Devlin, a peer mentor for Changestep described how “So far, over 800 graves have been attended in the last 10 months”.

Cllr Morris Jones, a keen historian, learned of Change Step’s Remember Our Heroes project through associates at an election meeting and decided to invite the team to work on Sir Owen’s grave. Cllr Morris Jones said of the Changestep veterans project “It’s fantastic, very inspirational. Sir Owen Thomas put us on the map and was involved in the building of Ebenezer Chapel. We need to remember what all of our veterans have done for us in her majesty’s service”

Born in Llanbadrig, Cemaes in 1858, Sir Owen Thomas led a remarkable life and was highly respected for all his endeavours. Sir Owen represented his area in the first Anglesey County Council in 1889, after which he became High Sheriff of Anglesey, then went on to become Justice of the Peace. Sir Owen Thomas fought in the Boer War and then formed the Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment, consisting of 1,300 Horsemen. He was later knighted for his services in World War 1. He dedicated the remainder of his life to politics, becoming the first independent Labour MP to represent a rural constituency. He died in 1923, aged 64.