Matthew Le Marinel

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Matthew Le Marinel

Matthew Le Marinel (1883 – 22 January 1963) was a Jersey clergyman, who became Dean of Jersey.

The son of Philip Le Marinel and Eva Louise Pirouet, he was born in St Helier on 18 July 1883 and educated at Victoria College, Jersey, Elizabeth College, Guernsey and Jesus College, Oxford before training for ordination as an Anglican priest at St Stephen's House, Oxford.

After ordination, he served as vicar of St Mary's, Brookfield (1909–1927) and St Matthew's, Oakley Square, becoming Dean of Jersey in 1937 and Rector of the Parish Church of St Helier in 1938. He was made an honorary canon of Winchester Cathedral in 1944.

As a States Member before the War he served on the Education Committee. He spoke French and had a working knowledge of Jèrriais.

Under his leadership the nature of services at the Town Church became distinctly 'high church', which offended some but led to a growth in the congregation. He offended Jersey Methodists by declaring at an evening event at La Roque Methodist Church that there was no continuing reason for the separation with the Church of England and was never invited to another Methodist event.

During the Second World War, when Jersey was occupied by the Germans, Le Marinel made a point of not resorting to the black market and lost a large amount of weight as a result. He travelled all over the island on his bicycle to take services wherever there was a need.

He stood down as Rector in 1958 and as Dean in 1959. He died in St Helier in Jersey on 22 January 1963, aged 79.

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