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.
The citation for his award in the London Gazette reads :
“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, accompanied only by his trumpeter, charged an entrenched machine-gun, killing and scattering the crew and capturing the gun. At the same time he captured the commandant of a regiment and another officer.”
Major Dalpat Singh, MC. Jodhpur Lancers
Risaldar Shaitan Singh out in front of his troop, single-handedly attacked a large group of about 50 enemy. The Risaldar had shot two men with his revolver when one of the prisoners tried to shoot him, the bullet going through his horse's jaw, though his revolver was empty he was able to knock the Turk to the ground with his weighted stick.
The citation for Risaldar Saitan Singh's Indian Order of Merit reads as follows:
“For conspicuous gallantry and initiative on 14th July 1918 when serving with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in delivering an immediate mounted attack on the enemy. Accompanied by three men, he charged a formed body of about thirty dismounted enemy, killed and wounded fourteen and captured the officer in command.”
Fearing a counter-attack from the large number of Turks still in the field, the regiment fell back towards the river. 100 enemy had been killed or wounded and prisoners taken for the loss of two Indian officers killed and one wounded, 13 sowars killed, 7 wounded and 5 missing.
In addition to Major Dalpat Singh's immediate award of a Military Cross, six Indian Orders of Merit (2nd Class) and seven Indian Distinguished Service Medals were distributed among the Lancers. General Allenby (1861-1936), the Commander in Chief, Egypt and Palestine, who visited the Brigade on the 27th, wrote that 'The day's operations were one of the great feats of the war!