Centenary Book Launched at Rosendael15 Dec 2010
Residents at Rosendael in Broughty Ferry have helped to launch a book about Scottish Veterans Residences. The book was launched by SVR’s Chairman, Major General Mark Strudwick CBE with the help of ex-service people of all ages who live at Rosendael, including veterans of World War Two and many more recent conflicts.
Major General Strudwick, former head of the Army in Scotland said: "SVR is a unique organisation. It helps veterans in need regardless of age, for as long as the need is there. A third of our residents are under the age of 45 and this year we have helped 19 veterans back into mainstream housing, as well as housing over 150 in our residences in Dundee and Edinburgh".
The book tells the stories of some of SVR’s residents: from having tea with Rudolph Hess to surviving the attack on the Sir Galahad in the Falklands. It also contains a fascinating account of the founding of the charity by two officers in the Seaforths. One day in Edinburgh in 1910 they were taken to a shed in the city where veterans who had fought in places like Khandahar and Balaclava were seeing out their days lying on straw on the floor. Poor, hungry and unkempt.
They did not rest until the funds had been raised to open a Veterans Residence at Whitefoord House in Edinburgh. Rosendael in Dundee became the second residence in 1933 when the Kyd family left their mansion house to the charity in memory of Frank Proctor Kyd who was killed at The Somme in 1916 at the age of 28.
Over 60,000 veterans have been helped by SVR in the last one hundred years and we are determined to uphold the founders’ determination to ensure that no veteran in Scotland is homeless.
The book was beautifully researched, written, desigend and edited by fuzzylime.co.uk
Copies of the book are available from SVR, please contact us.