Grandad’s War Sampler

Grandad’s War Sampler

Estimated Date Stitched:

Estimated Age of Stitcher:
in his 60's

School and/or Teacher:
Hamilton Ontario

Name of Stitcher:

Type of Sampler:

Size of Sampler:
Width: 18in
Height: 18in

✔︎ Mounted


wood, it has an acid free mat

Condition: Good

Description of condition:

Fabric Type:
*interlock canvas

Approximate thread count:

Embroidery thread type:
cotton, wool, other

Number of letters:


Description of alphabets:

Number of sets of numerals:

Description of numerals:

There are numbers (but) giving the dates of the wars

Borders: other

Motifs: other**Triangles. The borders are not consistant in colour. Some ( ... ) changes occur with purchase of more thread

Type of stitches: Cross

Name or initials on sampler: none

Verse or Inscription:

We shall not fail – Churchill

With gods help we shall prevail – George VI

England expects every man to do his duty – Lord Nelson

(The first letter of each word is stitched in red.)

Owner / Donor Story:

This sampler was stitched by the owner’s grandfather:

Henry James Nutley, 1897 – 19990

Henry was born in Tunbridge Wells, U.K., and emigrated to Canada in 1911 with his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

The family settled in the Welland area of Ontario until moving to Hamilton, Ontario.

Henry joined the army (H.I.L.) as a young man.  He was injured while fighting in the first World War.

He learned to do needlework when he was in the rehabilitation hospital.  It is thought that he stitched this sampler for a particular event/display.

Henry was a member of the War Pensioners of Canada, for whom he designed their logo – which is still in use.

A photograph of Henry’s tombstone may be seen at

Other Information:


No. of photographs: Number of photographs: 3

Description of photographs:

Reference numbers: (Museum, archive or other references associated with sampler)

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