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Midnight's Last Charge

Copyright © 2007 Jennifer Marshall 

Lieutenant Guy Haydon and his magnificent black mareMidnight, came from the property"Bloomfield" in the Hunter Valley, NSW and joined the12th Light Horse Regiment in 1915.

Guy-Haydon-and-MidnightWhile the Australian Light Horse weretraining in the Egyptian desert, they were chosen to represent Australia against the British in a friendlyequestrian competition and the"Bloomfield Mare" won theSprint Race,Flag Race andEquitation Test.

Guy Haydon wasparted from his beloved black mare when he was sent to fight atGallipoli. When hereturned to Egypt he wasallocated another horse.

But no horse could replace Midnight, and hesearched for weeks amongst the thousands of army horses, until hefound her allocated to another Regiment.Negotiations between the Commanding Officers of both regiments toswap horses, soonreunited Lieutenant Haydon and Midnight.

During the failed second battle for Gaza, Midnight remained continuously under saddle for seven days. A testament to the endurance and stamina of this wonderful horse, as well as to the care she received fom Haydon. 

Lieutenant Guy Haydon and Midnight served together until sunset on the 31st of October 1917 when the 4th and 12th Regiments of Australian Light Horse
 charged the Turkish stronghold of Beersheba.

Lieutenant Haydon led his men riding Midnight, and was one of the first to reach the Turkish trenches outside the town.

As Midnight leaped the trench a Turkish bullet passed up through her body, through the saddle and up into her rider's body where it lodged in his back beside his spine.

Midnight was mortally wounded but while Lieutenant Guy Haydon survived, he was incapacitated and returned to Australia. He died some years later, his life tragically shortened by his injuries.

15TH EDITION, April 1998 p29 


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I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
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Michael J Martin & Virginia, Wisconsin

Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.