Midnight – A true story of loyalty in WW1

October 30th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

It will be 100 years ago tomorrow, that Lieutenant Guy Haydon’s bravely rode his beloved mare, Midnight, over the enemy trenches in Beersheba. Horse and rider served together until sunset on 31 October, 1917Midnight

They took part is what is known as the last great cavalry charge of WW1 – ‘a defining moment in history’. This true story is immortalised in our book, Midnight – The story of a light horse.

To commemorate the anniversary of this event, we returned to Midnight’s birthplace and inspiration for our book.

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It was here, under this tree on the Haydon Horse Stud in the Upper Hunter Valley that Midnight was born.

Under the Midnight Tree

Moonlight in Her Eyes

 “A foal is born at midnight, homestead side of the river.  Coal black. Star ablaze.  Moonlight in her eyes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fact not mentioned in the book is that Moonlight is Midnight’s mother. When you now read the last page alongside with the painting, be sure to grab a tissue.

“Night falls.  Stretcher-bearers load casualties onto carts. Guy waits his turn.  He cries and lets go of Midnight’s reins. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes.

Moonlight in Her Eyes

 

 

The original art from Midnight was exhibited at the RSL Hall in Murrurundi over the weekend, alongside the local school children’s artworks inspired by our book.

RSL Hall Mark and Me

 

We saw over 1000 children over the last few days – sharing a story that was born close to home.

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Midnight- The True story of a light horse is published by Walker Books in Australia

Midnight – A True Story of Loyalty in World War I published by Candlewick Press in the US

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