Having joined the British army ten weeks earlier William Barrett was sent to Dublin during the Easter Rising.

William Barrett recalls the lack of military experience among the troops who landed at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire). During a rifle inspection an officer staring down the barrel of gun before the sergeant major pushed him away. There was a dark sense of humour among the young troops.

When you join the army they ask you what religion you are? Well some men of no persuasion whatever they always put them as C of E, give them a disc around their neck.  Well one wag interpreted that as 'Coffins ordered for Easter' which was true in some cases.

Marching from Kingstown the public gave them chocolate and fruit. Having spent the night in the Agricultural Hall at Ballsbridge William Barrett and his comrades were sent to Northumberland Road to clear houses during the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

We didn't know who the enemy was. In one case one of the soldiers was given a drink of water and while he was drinking it he was shot. 

William Barrett says they were never sure what to expect as they had no idea what the enemy looked like. During his time in Ireland he never heard from his wife or his parents as the post was delayed. His wife had no news of William until a dozen letters arrived at the same time.

Later William Barrett and his colleagues were sent to rural areas. Although rebels here were known to the local constabulary it was deemed to dangerous for them to make the arrests. In the early hours of the morning houses were raided and the detained were sent to prison in England.  

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