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The Jodhpur Lancers in Palestine

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In July 1918 the regiment was occupying part of the bridgehead over the Jordan which secured the British right flank when, at 3.30 am on the morning of 14 July, a standing patrol of nine men on the eastern bank of the river was attacked by the advance guard of the 2nd Turkish Caucasian Cavalry Brigade. The patrol opened fire on the enemy, wounding an officer and killing his horse.

'A' squadron (about 80 men) crossed the Wadi EI Rameh at Sangster's Ford in support of the patrol but themselves came under heavy fire. They were ordered to take up a firing position which they did, doing great execution throughout the day, the machine-gunner particularly distinguishing himself and gaining the Indian Order of Merit (2nd Class). Pushing out patrols, the Lancers were able to locate the whole of the enemy's position and two squadrons of the Jodhpur Lancers were ordered to assemble, cross the Jordan and roll up the enemy position from south to north. At 12.10 pm the advance began with one troop under Jemadar Khang Singh in the lead. Once in position, they turned north and galloped straight over the first objective. Seeing the advance of the Lancers, three troops of Turkish cavalry on the extreme right flank immediately made off to the east! The leading troop thundered on towards their second objective, killing all the enemy there.

Meanwhile the remainder of the Lancers made for the next ridge further east which was covered with Turkish troops.

Major Dalpat Singh led the charge and accompanied only by his trumpet-major, went full-tilt for an enemy machine gun, killing the gunners and capturing the gun. He was awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and courage on that day - one of the fIrst Indian officers to be so honoured.

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