• The Canadian War Museum is located at 1 Vimy Place Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M8 CANADA
  • Entrance to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
  • Entrance to the Special Exhibits - accessed through the War Museum lobby.
  • "ABOUT THE EXHIBITION : "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." On exhibit until September 6, 2021.
  • Even before you actually enter the exhibit, a lighted display of Sgt. Hugh McCaughey welcomes you through the doors glass panels.
  • Sgt. Hugh McCaughey - Canadian Army Combat Cameraman - "He captured history as it happened in Northwest Europe."
  • Forever Changed - 02 - The War Against Germany. It is within this portion of the exhibit that Sgt. Hugh McCaughey contribution is found.
  • "Documenting the War - Sergeant Hugh McCaughey spent two  years capturing film footage of the Canadians in Europe. He followed the Army through France, the Netherlands and Germany, filming combat, celebrations, and daily life for servicemen and servicewomen. The footage shot by Hugh and the other Canadian combat cameramen has helped shape our understanding of Canada's Second World War experience to this day. (Above) Hugh McCaughey filming the advance of the North Shore Regiment across the Scheldt River in Belgium, 11 October 1944. Credit Donald I. Grant, Library & Archives Canada, PA-137227.
  • If you look closely, on the adjacent wall, a small Museum display box offers to the viewer a small notebook used by Sgt. McCaughey during the war.
  • "Hugh McCaughey's Diary, 1944 - Filming in Normandy - Hugh McCaughey was sent to film the Canadian Forces in Normandy, starting in July 1944. His diary notes that 25 July 1944 was his first "day under fire," with near-misses from snipers, mortar and shells."
  • "As a combat cameraman, Hugh chased the war - and that day, it nearly caught him."
  • Moving through the exhibit of one amazing story after another, the viewer eventually will turn from the McCaughey War Diary to be confronted by a life size virtual display. Setting the scene, is a 35mm Bell & Howell motion picture camera similar to those used by the Canadian Army Film Unit. Mounted on a tripod, the camera seemingly 'shoots' the scenes before it; a selection of footage taken by the CFPU.
  • "Shooting War - Film was in short supply, and every shot was precious. Hugh McCaughey calculated that he had recorded more than 10,000 metres of film between D-Day and the Allied victory in Europe. This presented about six hours of film footage for ten months' work. In all, cameramen of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit would produce some 457,000 metres of footage. Their work is a priceless visual legacy. NOTE: All 106 Canadian Army Newsreels are now freely available online.
  • In this scene, the viewer is presented with a short scene wherein, Major David V. Currie of The South Alberta Regiment, fires upon the enemy behind cover. The cine footage was shot by CFPU Sgt. Jack Stollery, and soon after, photographed by CFPU still photographer, Lt. Don Ian Grant. Official historian C. P. Stacey wrote: “This is as close as we are ever likely to come to a photograph of a man winning the Victoria Cross.”
  • "The Legacy of Combat Cameramen - The soldiers of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit captured still and moving pictures that have helped shape Canadians' understanding of the war." Pictured with a single lens 35mm Eyemo is Sergeant George A. Game of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit operating his camera near San Leonardo di Ortona, Italy, 10 December 1943. Credit: Lieut. Frederick G. Whitcombe / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-147111
  • Displayed below the image of Sgt. George Game; "Letter from Hugh McCaughey to Violet Pritchard, 1 August 1945."...
  • McCaughey's letter to Violet Pritchard ends with, "Would sure like to settle down in Vancouver again, but that may be impossible as I seem to have outgrown my breeches. Have had four offers of jobs in Canada. One came last week from a large industrial firm in Eastern Canada, as a movie man to make stories of their products. The salary is more than anything I ever dreamed of, but as I say it is the East and am not fussy about moving there. However the difference between 15 a week marking the board for Alan and 3,000 or more a year in the East is a wide margin. I am still waiting for M.G.M. to wire me!"
  • There are numerous other stories strewn throughout the exhibit. If you live in Ottawa, it's a must see.
  • "Chinese Canadian soldiers who served with the South East Asia Command awaiting their return to Canada, 27 November 1945. Credit Sgt. Karen Hermiston / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-211880
  • "Prisoners of War - Bob Labatt and John Currie were taken prisoner at Dieppe. Finding a few German prisoners bound on the beach following the failed Canadian attack, the Germans retaliated by shackling many Canadian prisoners for months. Bob was among those whose hands were restrained with cuffs like these. Although held in different camps, Bob and John were in occasional contact during their three years in captivity. This letter, from John to Bob, expresses their ongoing concern for one another, and for their men."
  • "Going for Gold - Hubert Brooks played many sports, including hockey. After the war, his hockey skills earned him a place on the RCAF Flyers, a hastily assembled tema of airmen that represented Canada at the 1948 Olympic Games. The Flyers - against all odds - won Olympic gold. This is Hubert's game jersey."
  • "Forever Changed dives into the heart of the Second World War. Discover the personal stories of Canadians for whom nothing would ever be the same."
  • Detail of the Forever Changed lobby display - Sgt. Hugh McCaughey - his collection of letters home is available for research purposes at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa courtesy of the McCaughey family. The exhibit is open to the public until September 6, 2021.

Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War


Currently available to the public until September 6, 2021, is a new exhibition entitled : “Forever Changed – Stories From the Second World War,” is now on at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

What is of specific interest to visitors of the CFPU website, is that Sgt. Hugh McCaughey, combat cameraman of the Canadian Army Film Unit, is one of many Canadian stories featured in this exhibition.


It is within ‘Zone 02’ that visitors will find more information about Sgt. McCaughey. But you will not have to wait until then to see Sgt. McCaughey; Hugh is also featured in the online banner for the exhibition; threading film into his 35mm Bell & Howell motion picture camera.

For those fortunate to be in the Ottawa area, or for those looking for something to do, I highly recommend visiting the Canadian War Museum to see this exhibit, along with many of the other exhibits and displays available to the public.


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.”

Please browse through the gallery in this post to view many of the details to what you can be sure to see in the Forever Changed exhibition featuring Sgt. Hugh McCaughey, and a few images of some of what awaits.

Lastly, many thanks to the McCaughey family for sharing their families legacy by donating the collection of their fathers letters home during WWII , now available for research purposes at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Canadian War Museum online…

Forever Changed: an exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum.


  1. We are so excited and proud to see dad’s picture and diary in the museum. We are hoping to make it to the Museum if we can eventually get to Ottawa. Thanks Dale for encouraging us to look into our father’s war life and sharing it by donating the material to the Museum.

    • Hi Bruce, it was an honour to have had the opportunity to bring such a treasured collection to the War Museum, for all Canadians to see.

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