Capt. Donald Marcus Kelway Marendaz  ‎(I925)‎
Given Names: Donald Marcus Kelway
Surname: Marendaz
Prefix: Capt.

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Source: The Marendaz and Thomas Familes of Glamorgan
Publication: From an Article by Leslie Evans, Transactions of the Port Talbot Historical Society, 1977 (?) pages 108-110. Transcript from a scanned copy of the article was sent to me by Perry Vincent on 29 Mar 1999.

Show Details Source: Don Summers

Citation Details:  email message 26-Nov-04
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Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 17 January 1897 38 26 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death: 6 November 1988 ‎(Age 91)‎ Registration District, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 17 January 1897 38 26 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales


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Source: Motor Sport Magazine
Publication: January 2001 edition

Show Details Source: GRO
Publication: Includes FreeBMD and other indexes of GRO records
Citation Details:  Births Mar 1897 Marendaz, Donald Marcus K, Neath, ref 11a , 884
Quality of Data: 3


Shared Note: - Exact date of birth from GRO death record
Christening 9 March 1897 ‎(Age 51 days)‎ St Mary, Margam, Glamorgan, Wales


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Show Details Source: Margam Parish Register

Citation Details:  Baptisms 1672 - 1901 indexed by Glamorgan FHS
  Text: 9 Mar 1897 Donald Marcus K. Marendaz, father Richard Emmanuel, hay merchant of Court, mother Ada Frances
Quality of Data: 3

Marriage Dorothy Summers -
Marriage Dorothy Robinet Evans - 20 February 1918 ‎(Age 21)‎ St Johns Church, Pembroke Dock, Pembroke St Mary, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales


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Show Details Source: Mike Noonan - email correspondence

Citation Details:  email message 7-Mar-07
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Shared Note: - He was married to Dorothy Evans on 20th February 1918 in St Johns Church Pembroke Dock and remained married to her until he obtained a divorce through the South African Courts in 1954.
Divorce Dorothy Robinet Evans - 1954 ‎(Age 56)‎
Death 6 November 1988 ‎(Age 91)‎ Registration District, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England


Source: Motor Sport Magazine
Publication: January 2001 edition

Show Details Source: GRO
Publication: Includes FreeBMD and other indexes of GRO records
Citation Details:  Death Nov 1988 Marendaz, Donald aMarcus K, age 91, Horncast le RD, vol 7 pafe 1602
  Text: Name: Donald Marcus K Marendaz
Birth Date: 17 Jan 1897
Death Registration Month/Year: Nov 1988
Age at death ‎(estimated)‎: 91
Registration district: Horncastle
Inferred County: Lincolnshire
Volume: 7
Page: 1602

Quality of Data: 3

Globally unique Identifier 1B220FDD2CDC4798A6E6B10D554F88B53B42
Last Change 1 December 2008 - 15:44
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Parents Family  (F307)
Richard Emmanuel Marendaz
1859 - 1937
Ada Frances Kelway
1870 - 1968
Capt. Donald Marcus Kelway Marendaz
1897 - 1988
Richard Greville F. Marendaz
1897 - 1988
Ada Veronica A. Marendaz
1899 -
Mona Olga Marendaz
1901 -
Ernestine Marjorie Hazel Marendaz
1903 - 1904
Rupert Stuart S. Marendaz
1907 - 1998

Immediate Family  (F608)
Dorothy Robinet Evans
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Private
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Private
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Immediate Family  (F487)
Dorothy Summers
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Notes

Shared Note
Capt. D.M. K. Marendaz, a well-known art collector and writer- now settled in South Africa but formerly of Norwich.

His notes describe some of his considerable accomplishments, including:

* Pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War "at a time when the life of a pilot was 50 hours and 900 machines a month were being lost".
Attached to 35 Squadron in the Battle of Cambrai of 1917 he served with the Cavalry, on patrol operations. On the first day of the battle, he was the only pilot to take off from the aerodrome of Mons-en-Chausée. He was able to observe that a bridge at Masnieres was down, and was able to relay a message to this effect, saving the Cavalry from slaughter. Sixty years later he was the guest of the French people at the Anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai.
* He designed and built Marendaz Special cars and light aircraft. Took innumerable world records in racing, including three times the world 24 hour record at the Monthlery track 18 miles outside Paris.
There is a picture and brief description of a 1935 Marendaz Special car on the Carlover Web site.

From Wikipedia:
Marendaz
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Marendaz Special cars were made in Brixton Road, London SW9, England from 1926 to 1932 and in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England from 1932 to 1936.

DMK ‎(Donald Marcus Kelway)‎ Marendaz served as an apprentice at Siddeley-Deasy before the first World War. He left to join the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 training as a pilot and serving in France until invalided out in 1918 with the rank of Captain. After 1918 he joined with others including TG John to form Alvis, but shortly afterwards moved to start Marseel with a Mr Seelhart, a company making gearboxes for the Emscote car. Emscote didn't take all the gearboxes they made so the surplus were used with Coventry-Simplex engines to make complete cars. This changed its name to Marseal in 1923 when Seelhart retired. Between 1920 and 1925 when Marseal failed as many as 1200 cars might have been made in the Coventry factory.

After a brief period in the City of London the Captain in 1926 started DMK Marendaz Ltd in the premises of the London Cab Company in Brixton where the London agents for Bugatti and Graham-Paige were also based. The cars were attractive looking with a Bentley like radiator and mainly used Anzani engines. Model names were often confusingly complex with the 11/55, 14/55 and 14/125 also being called the 1 1/2 litre. A strange departure was the 1495 cc straight eight which used a special Anzani crank and Marendaz designed block. Although catalogued in normal and supercharged form it is thought not to have got past the prototype stage. Although supporting an ambitious racing programe very few cars were made and it seems that the companies main income derived from tuning and servicing work and the sales of used sporting cars. Somewhere between 20 and 50 cars were made between 1926 and 1932. Captain Marendaz had an aversion to journalists and so exactly what happened in the factory is often a mystery. He was also famous for threatening legal action against anyone who made remarks about his cars he did not agree about.

In 1932 the company was re-organised as Marendaz Special Cars Ltd and moved to Cornwallis Works, Maidenhead where GWK and Burney cars had also been made. The cars at first used American Continental engines with Marendaz cylinder heads and manifolding but later were probably completely built by Marendaz as he redesigned the block. The gearboxes might also have been Marendaz designed but some by Moss were used. Sales were again supported by a considerable racing programme including entries by Captain Marendaz himself up to 1931 and his secretary Miss Dorothy Summers up to 1936. They were also raced by Mr and Mrs AE Moss, the parents of Sir Stirling Moss.

Production seems to have ceased in 1936 but possibly a few cars were made in 1937. About 120 cars were made in total including those from Brixton. Survivors from the Brixton days are rare but several 13/70 and 15/80 range still exist.

The Captain went on set up Marendaz Aircraft Ltd in 1936 to build biplanes but these never reached production. He was also a supporter of Oswald Moseley leader Of the British Union of Fascists and this led in 1940 to him being jailed on security charges but he was released after a few days. After the war he emigrated to South Africa where he built small diesel engines. He returned to England in 1972 and died in 1988 at the age of 91.

‎(followed by a list of specifications of Marendaz cars)‎


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Source: The Marendaz and Thomas Familes of Glamorgan
Publication: From an Article by Leslie Evans, Transactions of the Port Talbot Historical Society, 1977 (?) pages 108-110. Transcript from a scanned copy of the article was sent to me by Perry Vincent on 29 Mar 1999.

Source: Marandez - Thomas letters
Publication: Copy of letters exchanged between Capt D.M.K. Marendaz & Dr John Thomas obtained from NLW

Birth Exact date of birth from GRO death record

Marriage He was married to Dorothy Evans on 20th February 1918 in St Johns Church Pembroke Dock and remained married to her until he obtained a divorce through the South African Courts in 1954.

Marriage He was married to Dorothy Evans on 20th February 1918 in St Johns Church Pembroke Dock and remained married to her until he obtained a divorce through the South African Courts in 1954.


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Name The Marendaz and Thomas Familes of Glamorgan
Publication: From an Article by Leslie Evans, Transactions of the Port Talbot Historical Society, 1977 (?) pages 108-110. Transcript from a scanned copy of the article was sent to me by Perry Vincent on 29 Mar 1999.
Name Don Summers
Citation Details:  email message 26-Nov-04
Quality of Data: 3
Birth Motor Sport Magazine
Publication: January 2001 edition
Birth GRO
Publication: Includes FreeBMD and other indexes of GRO records
Citation Details:  Births Mar 1897 Marendaz, Donald Marcus K, Neath, ref 11a , 884
Quality of Data: 3
Christening Margam Parish Register
Citation Details:  Baptisms 1672 - 1901 indexed by Glamorgan FHS
  Text: 9 Mar 1897 Donald Marcus K. Marendaz, father Richard Emmanuel, hay merchant of Court, mother Ada Frances
Quality of Data: 3
Marriage Mike Noonan - email correspondence
Citation Details:  email message 7-Mar-07
Quality of Data: 3
Marriage Mike Noonan - email correspondence
Citation Details:  email message 7-Mar-07
Quality of Data: 3
Marriage Mike Noonan - email correspondence
Citation Details:  email message 7-Mar-07
Quality of Data: 3
Death Motor Sport Magazine
Publication: January 2001 edition
Death GRO
Publication: Includes FreeBMD and other indexes of GRO records
Citation Details:  Death Nov 1988 Marendaz, Donald aMarcus K, age 91, Horncast le RD, vol 7 pafe 1602
  Text: Name: Donald Marcus K Marendaz
Birth Date: 17 Jan 1897
Death Registration Month/Year: Nov 1988
Age at death ‎(estimated)‎: 91
Registration district: Horncastle
Inferred County: Lincolnshire
Volume: 7
Page: 1602

Quality of Data: 3

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Family with Parents
Father
Richard Emmanuel Marendaz ‎(I922)‎
Birth 1859 31 33 Margam, Glamorgan, Wales
Death 26 December 1937 ‎(Age 78)‎ Margam, Glamorgan, Wales
12 years
Mother
 
Ada Frances Kelway ‎(I923)‎
Birth October 1870 30 Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death about December 1968 ‎(Age 98)‎ Registration District, Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales

Marriage: 1896 -- Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
13 months
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Capt. Donald Marcus Kelway Marendaz ‎(I925)‎
Birth 17 January 1897 38 26 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death 6 November 1988 ‎(Age 91)‎ Registration District, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
11 months
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Brother
Richard Greville F. Marendaz ‎(I924)‎
Birth 14 December 1897 38 27 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death November 1988 ‎(Age 90)‎ Registration District, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
13 months
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Sister
Ada Veronica A. Marendaz ‎(I1573)‎
Birth 1899 40 28 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death Yes
3 years
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Mona Olga Marendaz ‎(I2112)‎
Birth October 1901 42 31 Neath Rd, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death Yes
20 months
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Sister
Ernestine Marjorie Hazel Marendaz ‎(I1156)‎
Birth 6 June 1903 44 32 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death 18 July 1904 ‎(Age 13 months)‎ Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
4 years
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Brother
Rupert Stuart S. Marendaz ‎(I926)‎
Birth 19 October 1907 48 37 Registration District, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales
Death November 1998 ‎(Age 91)‎ Registration District, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales
Family with Dorothy Robinet Evans
Capt. Donald Marcus Kelway Marendaz ‎(I925)‎
Birth 17 January 1897 38 26 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death 6 November 1988 ‎(Age 91)‎ Registration District, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
Ex-Wife

Marriage: 20 February 1918 -- St Johns Church, Pembroke Dock, Pembroke St Mary, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales
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Family with Dorothy Summers
Capt. Donald Marcus Kelway Marendaz ‎(I925)‎
Birth 17 January 1897 38 26 Registration District, Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Death 6 November 1988 ‎(Age 91)‎ Registration District, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England
Wife
Dorothy Summers ‎(I1537)‎
Death Yes

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