Colonel William Carlos and the Royal Oak
In September 2013 the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be officially unveiling a plaque to commemorate the achievements of Colonel William Carlos in assisting our Founder King Charles II in escaping capture by the Commonwealth soldiers.
|The plaque will be placed in the base of Grinling Gibbon's statue of |
King Charles II in Figure Court at the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Colonel William Carlos served in the Royalist Army during the civil wars. It is believed that he took part in the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and did not leave the battlefield until the Royalists were defeated. At this point he fled to the woods surrounding Boscobel House and hid in an oak tree.
Whilst escaping from the Commonwealth soldiers, King Charles II was urged by Colonel Carlos to hide with him in the oak tree, where they stayed for over 24 hours. Colonel Carlos sourced food during this time and prevented King Charles falling from the tree whilst he slept.
The oak tree is still standing in Boscobel Wood today and is referred to as the Royal Oak.