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Edward Chester Plow
September 28, 1904(1904-09-28) – April 25, 1988 (aged 83)
Place of birth St. Albans, Vermont,
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Rank Major General
Commands held 1st Canadian Corps
Awards C.B.E., D.S.O., C.D.
Other work Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.

Edward Chester Plow, CBE, DSO, CD (September 28, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was a Canadian soldier and the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.


Born in St. Albans, Vermont, he was educated at Lower Canada College and then entered the Royal Military College of Canada in 1921, student # 1649.


He was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in 1925. He served in Canada and England before World War II began. During World War II, he commanded the artillery of the 1st Canadian Corps. In 1944, he was promoted to Brigadier, Royal Artillery.

Flag of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia - a Union Flag defaced with the Shield of Arms of Nova Scotia, surrounded by a chain of green maple leaves.
The residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in Halifax.

After the war, he was promoted to Major-General and became the commander of the Eastern Command in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1958, he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and served until 1963.

He died of lung cancer in a Brockville, Ontario in 1988.


  • "Edward Chester Plow Career army officer held vice-regal post". The Globe and Mail. 1988-04-27. 
  • "MGen EC Plow CBE, DSO, CD". The Virtual Artillery Museum of Canada. 
  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
Government offices
Preceded by
Alistair Fraser
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
Succeeded by
Henry Poole MacKeen

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