When rest of the AIF went to France in 1916, the bulk of the mounted forces remained behind in Egypt. Some men, feeling they were missing out on ‘the action’, left the Light Horse and joined the infantry serving on the Western Front.
Those that remained continued fighting the Turkish Army, who threatened the Suez Canal in Egypt. After 1916 the threat to the canal was over and the British and Commonwealth forces gradually advanced into Turkish territory. In 1917 they entered Palestine and by the end of the year had captured the ancient holy city of Jerusalem. In 1918 they fought in Jordan and Syria and the capture of the city of Damascus in October all but spelt the end for the Turkish forces. An armistice was signed with Turkey a few weeks later.