16th June in wartime Northern Ireland

On 16th June 1943, Robert Meekin of the Ulster Kerry Blue Terrier Club invited U.S. Army Major General Russel P. Hartle to become a life member of the club.

Letter from Robert Meekin Esq.

Hon. Sec. Mr. R. Meekin

80, Premier Drive,
Shore Road,
Belfast.
16.6.43

Dear Sir,

The officers and members of the above club regret that your duties cannot allow you to honour the club by becoming President and have taken the liberty of making you a Life Member.

We wish to thank you for offering to present a trophy for our Annual Cup Show which will be competed for in the Post Graduate Class and should tend to add great interest among the members.

I am glad to know that “Scrappy” is keeping fit and I am sure enhancing the Kerry Blue reputation wherever he goes and always keeping fresh in your memory the pleasant associations you made in N. Ireland.

With the club’s best wishes and thanks to you and your troops who have done much to bring a closer understanding between Britain and America when peace comes.

I am,
Yours sincerely,
Robt. Meekin.

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