|Canon Chaplain of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle|
|Church||Church of England|
|In office||2012 to present|
|Other posts||Archdeacon for the Royal Navy (2010 to 2012)|
|Ordination||1987 (deacon) |
|Birth name||Martin George Poll|
|Born||1961 (age 57–58)|
Enfield, London, England
|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.
Poll was born in 1961 in Enfield, Greater London. He was educated at Edmonton County School, a state school in the London Borough of Enfield. He then studied English and Religious Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1983.
In 1984, Poll entered Ripon College Cuddesdon. He spent the next three years training for ordination and studying theology. 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.
Poll was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1987 and as a priest in 1988. From 1987 to 1990, he served his curacy at John Keble Church, Mill Hill, London. 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.
In 1990, Poll was commissioned as a military chaplain in the Royal Navy Chaplaincy Services, Royal Navy. Chaplains do not hold a rank, only "chaplain", and wear the chaplain's badge as insignia. 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. 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).
On 1 November 2010, Poll was promoted to Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet. As the most senior Anglican chaplain, he was also appointed Principal Anglican Chaplain and the Archdeacon for the Royal Navy. As Archdeacon, he was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England. On 11 December 2011, he was made an Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral.
Poll is married to Diana. Together they have two children; a daughter and a son.
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- "No. 59593". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 November 2010. p. 21037.
|Church of England titles|
| Archdeacon for the Royal Navy
John Anthony Ovenden
| Canon Chaplain of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
| Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet and Principal Anglican Chaplain
Royal Navy Chaplaincy Services