Midnight the Warhorse: Part 6 - Reunion with Midnight

by Peter Haydon

Guy taken in his tent

The 12th Light Horse were re-assembled and re-mounted at Heliopolis near Cairo. They were allocated horses and Guy was so disappointed when another horse was assigned to him. He spread the word and his heart leapt when a fellow sidled up to him saying he had found his mare. He said he noticed the Haydon brand on her near shoulder. This well-known brand is the oldest continuous registered brand in Australia.

Midnight held by the trooper who returned her to Guy. She had lost a lot of condition.

Intense preparation, training and manoeuvres were enacted daily to prepare the light horse for the demanding desert campaigns which lay ahead. The men were grouped in sections of four with one man allocated as the horse handler. Being Mounted Infantry they could then get off their horses and fight similarly to the foot soldiers, as the handler held the horses away from the gunfire.

Above and left:

 

Guy riding and holding Midnight