Martin Poll (priest)

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The Reverend Canon
Martin Poll
Canon Chaplain of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Church Church of England
Diocese Royal Peculiar
In office 2012 to present
Other posts Archdeacon for the Royal Navy (2010 to 2012)
Ordination 1987 (deacon)
1988 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name Martin George Poll
Born 1961 (age 56–57)
Enfield, London, England
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Diana
Children Two
Profession Clergyman
Education Edmonton County School
Alma mater University of Kent at Canterbury
Ripon College Cuddesdon

Martin George Poll, QHC (born 1961) is a British Church of England priest and former Royal Navy chaplain. Since 2012, he has been the Canon Chaplain of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Chaplain to the Great Park. From 2010 to 2012, he was Archdeacon for the Royal Navy and Principal Anglican Chaplain of the Royal Navy Chaplaincy Services.

Early life[edit]

Poll was born in 1961 in Enfield, Greater London.[1][2] He was educated at Edmonton County School, a state school in the London Borough of Enfield.[2] He then studied English and Religious Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury,[2][3] and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1983.[1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Early ministry[edit]

In 1984, Poll entered Ripon College Cuddesdon. He spent the next three years training for ordination and studying theology.[1] One of his placements during training was to the Royal Army Chaplains' Department. He did not feel that the British Army was right for him, but remained attracted to military chaplaincy.[4]

Poll was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1987 and as a priest in 1988.[1] From 1987 to 1990, he served his curacy at John Keble Church, Mill Hill, London.[2][5] It was during this time that he saw an advertisement for the Royal Navy Chaplaincy Services. He was given a tour of the service, and found that it appealed to him.[4]

Military career[edit]

In 1990, Poll was commissioned as a military chaplain in the Royal Navy Chaplaincy Services, Royal Navy.[1] Chaplains do not hold a rank, only "chaplain", and wear the chaplain's badge as insignia.[4] His appointments included chaplain at HMS Raleigh (the Royal Navy's basic training facility), and chaplain at Britannia Royal Naval College (the Royal Navy's initial officer training establishment). As chaplain to the Royal Marines Commando helicopter squadrons, he served abroad in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Norway.[2] In 2007, he became chaplain to HMS Illustrious, a light aircraft carrier. He then moved to HMNB Portsmouth, where he was leader of its chaplaincy team and chaplain of St Ann's Church (the base's Anglican chapel).[3]

On 1 November 2010, Poll was promoted to Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet.[1][3][4] As the most senior Anglican chaplain, he was also appointed Principal Anglican Chaplain and the Archdeacon for the Royal Navy.[1] As Archdeacon, he was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England.[4] On 11 December 2011, he was made an Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral.[1][6]

On 7 August 2012, Poll stepped down as Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet; he was succeeded by Ian Wheatley.[7] He retired from the Royal Navy on 29 October 2012.[8]

Later ministry[edit]

Poll was installed as a Canon of Windsor on 1 October 2012.[2] He serves as Canon Chaplain of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Chaplain to the Great Park.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Poll is married to Diana. Together they have two children; a daughter and a son.[5]


On 1 November 2010, Poll was appointed an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC).[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Martin George Poll"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "New Canon of Windsor Installed". College of St George. St George's Chapel, Windsor. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Venerable Martin Poll QHC BA (Hons) CTh RN". Association of Royal Navy Officers. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Chaplains to the fleet". Church of England Newspaper. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Canonry of Saint George's Chapel, Windsor". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Announcements December 2011". Diocese of Portsmouth. December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "No. 60255". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 September 2012. p. 16941. 
  8. ^ "No. 60352". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 December 2012. p. 23757. 
  9. ^ "The Dean & Canons of Windsor". College of St George. St George's Chapel, Windsor. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "No. 59593". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 November 2010. p. 21037. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Green
Archdeacon for the Royal Navy
Succeeded by
Ian Wheatley
Preceded by
John Anthony Ovenden
Canon Chaplain of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Military offices
Preceded by
John Green
Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet and Principal Anglican Chaplain
Royal Navy Chaplaincy Services

Succeeded by
Ian Wheatley