Fighting in Palestine at the 1918 Battle of Megiddo – the original Armageddon, which the Armenians call Arara – they received an official commendation for gallantry from General Edmund Allenby. The Battle of Arara left 23 Armenians dead in the desert, their bones later gathered and transshipped to the Armenian St James church in Jerusalem.
Lieutenant John Shishmanian, who fought as part of the Armenian legion received a personal post-war letter from General Allenby.
“I am sorry, if the gallant conduct of the Armenians was not sufficiently recognised,” the great man – now high commissioner in Egypt – wrote from Cairo just after Christmas in 1919. “I know they fought nobly, and I am proud to have had them under my command.”