George Edwards was a British soldier sent to Ireland during the Easter Rising. He describes the raiding and searching of houses in Dublin. Soon after the Rising was quelled he and his comrades were sent to fight at the Somme.

George Edwards recalls what it was like to be involved in urban warfare in Dublin during Easter Week 1916. The British soldiers made their way across roof tops under fire and down drain pipes to get into individual houses. On the streets there were home made barricades but George Edwards says even behind a barricade you could not be sure from which direct you would be fired at. 

The houses had to be searched but it was difficult to know who the enemy was. The commanding officer told his men,

Give 'em a chance. Give 'em a chance to get out and show their selves. If they won't do put a stick there whip the bed up he says all the lot bedsteads. They was a rough old shambles it didn't matter.

When the Rebellion was over George Edwards recalls that there was still a tension in Dublin but he didn't have much time before he was sent off to the front and to fight at the Somme.

The big difference between fighting in France and Dublin,

I mean we've got 'em all in front of us there but Dublin they was all around you everywhere see.  

 George Edwards was interviewed during the production of Ireland A Television History 27 June 1979