The Soldiers

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The Soldiers
Years active 2009–present
Labels Demon Music Group / Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Robin Gibb
Website Official website
Members (Sergeant Major) Gary Chilton
(Staff Sergeant) Richie Maddocks
(Lance Corporal) Ryan Idzi

The Soldiers is a singing trio consisting of serving British Army soldiers, whose debut album, Coming Home, was released on 26 October 2009, and who have since continued their singing career whilst remaining full-time army personnel. Signed to CPW Productions Warner Bros. Records, the trio consists of Ryan Idzi, Richie Maddocks and Gary Chilton. The Soldiers' first national interview was with The Sun, with a free download of the lead song from the album Coming Home. The concept was devised by Jeff Chegwin and Nick Patrick

The show was broadcast on BBC TV on 25 October 2009.[1]


Sergeant Major Gary Chilton was born in Hampshire and joined the Army in 1984. He served in the Gulf War and as of November 2010 is Band Sergeant Major of the Army Air Corps.

Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and joined the Army at the age of 16. He is also a Gulf War veteran and as of November 2010 is Drum Major of the Minden Band of the Queen's Division.

Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi (born 1985) was born in Caerphilly, Wales, and is of Polish ancestry. He appeared on The X Factor, reaching the "Bootcamp" stages of the competition. A member of the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, he has served in Afghanistan and Iraq as a member of the 20th Armoured Brigade.

Coming Home[edit]

The album, which consists of anthems such as "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Stand by Me" and "With a Little Help from My Friends", has been produced by Nick Patrick Executive Producer Jeff Chegwin and the group are managed by CPW Productions

The lead track from the album is called "Coming Home", written by Jake Hook, Nick Patrick and Jeff Chegwin. It was delivered as a free download for 48 hours through The Sun's website as a promotion for the forthcoming album. Proceeds from the single are donated to The Army Benevolent Fund.


Studio albums[edit]

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Coming Home 4
Letters Home 10
  • UK: Platinum [3]
Message to You 11
The Soldiers 23
Special album releases
Album Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Love Songs


Year Single Chart peak positions Album
2009 "Coming Home" Coming Home
"A Soldiers Christmas Letter" 65
2010 "Letters Home" Letters Home
2011 "I've Gotta Get a Message to You"
(with. Robin Gibb)
75 Message to You


  1. ^ "Songs of Praise Big Sing, October 2009". Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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