Albert Palmer was among the British soldiers who having landed at Kingstown came under fire in Northumberland Road as they marched to the city centre.

When Albert Palmer returned to barracks in Watford after an evening in London he was quickly on the move again. It was Easter Monday and a rebellion was taking place in Ireland. Albert Palmer was among the first contingent of British soldiers sent to Dublin. In this interview he describes how the march from Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) was uneventful until they were attacked approaching Mount Street bridge.

It wasn't until the whole battalion were in Northumberland Road that the fire opened from the bedroom windows and the roof tops of the houses.

In his description of the battle Albert Palmer describes how Lt. Colonel Fane tried to take control of the situation when the column came under fire. He also describes the death of Captain Frederick C. Dietrichsen at 25 Northumberland Road. Seventeen British soldiers were killed and hundreds wounded at the battle of Mount Street bridge.

Albert Palmer says that the British felt stunned and helpless by the nature of the type of fighting that took place. Many of the soldiers were raw recruits with no experience and the last thing they expected was to be involved in fighting in city streets.  

After the surrender Albert Palmer recalls seeing some of the leaders of the Rising including Countess Markievicz who he describes as being dressed very peculiarly. He says he was shocked but not surprised to hear of the executions.  

Albert Palmer was also among the detail sent to guard the first 100 prisoners sent to Britain after the Rising and describes the journey by cattle boat in rough seas. When things had quietened in Dublin after the Rising Albert Palmer and his battalion were based in Oranmore in Galway.

 Albert Palmer was interviewed during the production of 'Ireland A Television History' on 11 July 1979.