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Taylor Wimpey remembers war heroes with naming of new development

11th December 2011 Print

Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties has honoured a Hambrook World War One hero by naming its latest development Lion Park, after the battle cruiser on which he served and valiantly lost his life.

Charles Lucking, a Sergeant with the Royal Marine Artillery, lived in Hambrook before joining the Royal Marines aged 14. In the First World War, Sergeant Lucking was serving on HMS Lion. It was during the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, that he was killed in an explosion on board after the Lion was hit by two shells that pierced the hull in the first ten minutes of the battle.

The explosion killed most of the gun crew and caused a fire that threatened to spread to the magazine which would have certainly destroyed HMS Lion, had it not been for the bravery of the Royal Marines who flooded the magazines, sacrificing themselves to safeguard the ship.

Sergeant Charles Lucking died aged 33. He was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and in St Mary’s church in Chidham alongside his younger brother Samuel, who died in a freak explosion aboard H.M.S. Bulwark in 1914.

Sarah Pasco, regional sales director for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, said: “At Taylor Wimpey we always try to reflect the heritage of the local communities in which we build and naming Lion Park after a local hero was a fitting mark of respect. We all owe a great deal of gratitude to servicemen and women like Sergeant Charles Lucking, who bravely fight and all too often lose their lives in service for our country.”

Lion Park is a new addition to Hambrook, a charming parish community set within a beautiful rural environment that offers a range of outdoor pursuits, from horse riding to sailing. This burgeoning residential area is close to the historic town of Chichester, and is ideally located close to major road networks, whilst London and Gatwick Airport can be easily accessed by rail.

Currently available are a collection of one bedroom coach houses, priced at £180,000, three bedroom mid terrace, priced at £290,000 and a three bedroom detached homes with a priced at just £380,000.

For further information on the launch of Lion Park, visit