Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War

December 4, 2020 to September 6, 2021

For Canada, the Second World War was a global conflict. For individual Canadians, it was personal. Developed to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Forever Changed weaves together a diverse range of stories with 175 compelling artifacts, exploring the personal experience of war across Canada and around the world.

From a parachutist penning one last letter before being dropped into danger, to a “bomb girl” who was burned on the job; from a prisoner of war who turned to art to cope with the misery, to a Japanese-Canadian teenager forced to move 600 kilometres from home; this new exhibition brings to life the impact of the Second World War on the lives of Canadians.

An exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum

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The images below represent a selection of Canadian experiences explored in the exhibition.

Supporting and Defending

Able Seaman George Boyer


Albert Socqué


Gwendoline (Green) McDonald


Edith (Vollrath) Whitford



Grant and Roy Campbell





The War Against Germany

Nursing Sister Winnie Burwash


Major Alex Campbell


Lieutenant-Colonel John Keefer Mahony


Molly Lamb Bobak


Sergeant Hugh McCaughey





The War Against Japan

Flying Officer William Kyle


Signalman William Allister


Ethel Mulvany





A Country Shaped by War

Michiko (Ishii) Ayukawa


Hubert Brooks


Bert Kahrel


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