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David Edmund Talbot Garman

David Edmund Talbot Garman OBE was a British inventor[1][2] and businessman who was based in mid-Wales.[3] He was born in Thakeham in West Sussex, England, in May 1922.[4]

David Edmund Talbot Garman OBE
Born(1922-05-09)9 May 1922
Died4 January 2019(2019-01-04) (aged 96)
OccupationBritish inventor, businessman and philanthropist

Garman invented the first portable powered bath lift in 1981[5]—a lift to assist people with mobility problems getting in and out of the bath.[1]

He was the founder and Chairman of Mangar International Limited, Mangar International (Holdings) Limited and Mangar 2013 Limited.[6][7]

He was also the Chairman of M.F.C. International Limited.[8][9][10][11]

He was a Director of The Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Limited.[12]

David E. T. Garman Concepts Limited was named after him and was founded in September 2013.[13][14][15]

Garman's last invention was the "air cradle" patient transfer system.[16]

Garman died on 4 January 2019.[17] His death was formally announced in The Times and The Guardian newspapers on 9 January 2019. The Times subsequently published a half-page obituary about him on 16 January 2019.[18]


In 2007, Garman was awarded the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) Lifetime Service Award for his contribution and dedication to the rehabilitation industry.[19]

Garman was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for “services to the healthcare industry” by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2015 New Year Honours.[3][20]


Garman is a descendant of Admiral John Talbot, a senior British Royal Navy Officer who served in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, who retired to his estate at Rhode Hill in Uplyme near Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast. The Talbot Arms pub in Uplyme is named after Admiral John Talbot and Rhode Hill House passed down through the Talbot family, Garman's mother Celia Talbot being born at Rhode Hill.[21]


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  5. ^ "The History Behind Mangar Health". Mangar Global. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  6. ^ "David Garman Receives OBE - Mangar | Mangar - - single.php". Mangar. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
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  8. ^ "David Edmund Garman Companies House". Mangar.
  9. ^ "New year honours 2015: the full list | UK news | The Guardian". 2015.
  10. ^ Garman, David. "New Year Honours 2015: A leading force in devolution, a champion of the miniskirt and a top Army medic feature among Welsh names with a gong".
  11. ^ Garman, David. "David Edmund Talbot Garman Companies House".
  12. ^ Garman, David. "David Edmund Talbot Garman Companies House". Campanies House.
  13. ^ Garman, David. "David Edmund Talbot Garman Companies House".
  14. ^ Garman, David. "David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd. Linkedin".
  15. ^ Garman, David. "David E. T. Garman Concepts Ltd".
  16. ^ Garman, David. "94-year-old-british-obe-global-healthcare-sector-inventor-gets-further-patent".
  17. ^ Award-winning industry innovator and pioneer passes away
  18. ^ David Garman obituary
  19. ^ "Issue 41" (PDF). BHTA 'The Bulletin' February 2015: 15. 2015.
  20. ^ "New Year's Honours 2015: CSV". GOV.UK. 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  21. ^ "Lyme Regis 'indebted' to affordable homes pioneer, who dies aged 96". 2019-01-18.