A True Story of Loyalty in World War I
author: Mark Greenwood
illustrator: Frané Lessac
Guy Haydon raised and trained Midnight from the time she was a foal. The two had such a strong bond that when World War I broke out, Lieutenant Haydon slipped away from the frontlines of Gallipoli on an Egypt-bound ship to reunite with his horse. There, in the city of Beersheba, on October 31, 1917, two regiments of the Australian Light Horse Brigade took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon, riding Midnight—who succumbed to a bullet that might have otherwise killed her rider. In a story from an award-winning duo, luminous illustrations and lyrical narration bring a sad moment in history to life.
At once sobering and inspiring, here is the true tale of a World War I cavalry soldier and his heroic horse, Midnight.