Updated: Aug 8, 2019
ANDREW NIXON GERAGHTY
Member of the Onewhero Football Club Senior Team 1920
This cap has very recently been donated to the Club by the grandchildren of the late Andrew Nixon Geraghty.
Andrew Geraghty was the 16th and youngest child of Laurence and Margaret Geraghty (nee McCutcheon). He was born on 18thAugust 1892 in Onewhero. He began his schooling at the Onewhero School on 5thAugust 1897.
He enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (No 11454) on 11th of January 1916 and embarked on a troopship from Wellington on the 1st of May the same year. He served on the Western Front in France and received a gunshot wound to the face on 21st of February 1917. He returned to New Zealand on 27th of July 1919 and was formally discharged on 24th of August 1919.
Andrew was a keen runner and whilst in England during WW1 he received a gold medal for winning the Cross Counties Championship of Southern England.
After his discharge Andrew returned to farming at Onewhero.
We have photographs that show Andrew Geraghty played rugby for an Onewhero team in 1909/1910. He also played for the Tuakau Football Club who were winners of the Pukekohe Rugby Union Championship in 1915. And , of course, he played for the Onewhero 1920 team, but we do not know the full story behind this cap.
Very recently , Barry Nolan, grandson of Andrew Geraghty visited the club. He recalls an old photo of the whole team, or certainly a group of men, including his grandfather, wearing these caps, so maybe they were presented to the whole 1920 team. Barry has returned to his home in Australia and will try to find that old photo.
Andrew Geraghty died on the 1st of March 1954 in Lota, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.