C Squadron alternated between Parsons and Siekmann, both of whom never had a wild military career during the Great War. Both were brave and capable men but neither noted for anything more than doing the basics. Don't forget, it was Parsons who created the conditions for the mutiny of 1919 which might give you the scope of the man as a leader.
In this case you can almost hear the mind ticking over - wide road, easy terrain, squadrons stretched to the limit, suck up to the boss with the most adventurous patrols etc etc. I'm not 100% sure but I think the Squadron Leader at this time was Parsons.
Here's the RO Memo on this affair.
No blame is attached but no career advanced as a consequence of blame being attached. This is a scathing note from Scott even though it is signed by Wilkinson. The aim is to iterate that which everyone else knew but for the sake of a few men who ignored the basics of their training, failed to do.
The enthusiasm for this sort of enterprise came from a couple days before when Turkish cavalry were encountered in troop numbers by small patrols - these scattered quickly leaving the impression that the Turkish cavalry were not up to the task. This hubris spread throughout the Regiment - one small victory made them 10 feet tall and bullet proof. Contempt for the Turks produced this disaster. This was the last time they allowed hubris to come in between themselves and the Turkish cavalry.