The fear of his first battle with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers remained with Bill for the rest of his life. It was a bloody affair in which a victory of sorts was secured but at a high cost. Many of his Battalion were killed or captured.
As Fallon tells it, MacBride’s role in the Easter Rising as second-in-command to Thomas MacDonagh at Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, was almost accidental. He wasn’t a member of the Irish Volunteers and had supposedly come into Dublin to meet one of his brothers.