“I didn, I didn’t know it was going on.
But I was told to come here and they were trying to bring in more Irish soldiers.”
The Irish, like all other nationalities in the UK, were conscripted for the war.
In fact, the Irish, who had been living in the British colony of Ireland since 1682, had been brought to England to fight for the country during the first world war.
But the war had its impact on the country and in the years that followed, the British Army recruited more and more Irish recruits to fight in their service.
It was during the Second World War that the British started recruiting Irish recruits.
The war had left the Irish in disarray and, having lost the battle for Independence, many felt they were now at the mercy of the Germans.
This was especially the case in the south of Ireland where many Irish soldiers had fought in the war, particularly the Ulster Volunteer Force.
There were fears that some Irish men would be used as slave labour during the war and it was feared that many would die in the process.
“There was a fear among the Irish that they were going to be used to put people in the mines,” Mr Bennett says.
“They didn’t realise that there was a whole other side of the war in this war.”
So when the war was over, the country had a massive influx of Irish people.
“The Irish were, like, a big problem,” Mr Byrne says.
Mr Bennett says there were many Irish people in Britain who would be recruited to the British military, but most of them did not return.
“You know, the people that were recruited, they did come back,” he says.
And Mr Byrne’s family would later receive a letter from one of the Irish volunteers.
“He said ‘I know I’m Irish, I’m from the country, but I’ve been brought up in a different way’,” Mr Bennett remembers.
“So that’s what’s so frustrating.
That was the reason why we did the interview with this guy.”