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“Fire Opened From The Bedroom Windows And The Rooftops”

Albert Palmer was a member of the Sherwood Foresters who were sent as reinforcements to Ireland to quash the Rising. Arriving at Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) on Wednesday they made their way towards Dublin City via Northumberland Road. His battalion came under attack from the Volunteers in 25 Northumberland Road and Clanwilliam House.

We thought there were probably two or three hundred. Their fire was so good and so accurate that they misled the troops as to their numbers. 

The British suffered heavy casualties in what has since become known as ‘The Battle of Mount Street Bridge’. The battalion were ill-equipped and had to get bombs from the Bombing School at Elm Park, Merrion. They slowly began to advance on number 25 Northumberland Road attacking the house with the bombs. During this attack Captain Frederick Dietrichsen was fatally wounded.Albert Palmer was a member of the 7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, 178th Infantry Brigade.

Albert Palmer was interviewed for the television series 'Ireland A Television History', 7 November 1979.


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