Midnight the Warhorse: Part 14 - Life Back Home

by Peter Haydon

Beersheba today in the far background showing the country where the Light Horse made

Life would never be the same for Guy. He needed a long period of convalescence to recover from the bullet wound and time off from working. He and Bonnie had another daughter Isabelle and son John, who went on to fight with distinction in WW2.

 

They both helped in raising money for the Patriotic Fund and Guy was appointed to the local committee advising the government on settling returned servicemen on the land.

 

He gradually recovered and continued life as a grazier living at Warrah Ridge on the Liverpool plans (pictured right). It is a magnificent piece of country with their house on the ridge with sweeping views out across the plain. Rated as some of the best farming country in the world it was also good for fattening stock.

He was heavily involved in the community being a councillor on the Tamarang Shire, a director of the Tamworth Pasture Protection Board and a member of the Local Land Board. He judged at many shows and Bushmen’s Carnivals and passed on a lot of his horse knowledge as a strong supporter of the pony club.

In 1956 Guy and Bonnie went on an extensive tour of British Isles and Europe. During the 1960’s his health began to fail and he died on 1 August 1965 aged seventy-six. His ashes were spread out across the plain.

 

Barney went onto be one of Australia’s leading horse judges officiating for many years at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and numerous other venues around the country. He lived at Greenheyes in Murrurundi working the country he had at Scotts Creek and Warrah Ridge. He married Ethel Cobb from Ellerston whose brother Hunter Cobb served with him during the war. They had no children. He had a great sense of humour and was always the life of the party. He stayed on in Egypt after the war in a peacekeeping force. His nephew Jim Haydon purchased his Scotts Creek country, which the family still owns. He died on 29 April 1978 aged 84.

The wider Haydon Family had an incredible thirteen of its sons serve in WW1, with Stuart being killed in the Gallipoli landing.

Guy at the 12th Lighthorse reunion in Sydney in 1926, sitting on the front left table five positions around to the left.