New Contemplation Garden to Open as Rosendael Marks Centenary of Poignant Somme Anniversary19 Aug 2016
Rosendael, our residence in Dundee opened a new commemoration garden to honour the generosity of the Kyd family who bequeathed their home to support the nation’s military veterans. The event also marks the poignant anniversary of the death of the family’s relative, Frank Proctor Kyd, who died in the Battle of the Somme a century ago on 18 August 1916.
Second Lieutenant Frank Proctor Kyd was a Dundee native who served with the East Surrey Regiment in the First World War. His death, along with thousands of other Scottish soldiers in the Great War, had a profound impact on the Kyd family who gifted their Broughty Ferry home to the charity Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) in 1932.
Since that time Rosendael has been used to provide unique and unrivalled residential accommodation for ex-service men and women of all ages. Through this site and additional housing facilities in Edinburgh and Glasgow, SVR supports around 200 UK military veterans and their spouses each year across Scotland.
The new commemoration garden was created after consultation with residents at Rosendael who were asked how they wanted to mark the centenary of Frank Proctor Kyd’s death. The new development will provide them with a quiet and secure space to embark on gardening activity or simply enjoy the peaceful sanctuary it will provide.