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Singing soldiers in chart battle

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A number of military charities are set to benefit from the proceeds

A band of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have released their debut album.

The trio, known simply as The Soldiers, recorded Coming Home during breaks in their duties.

All the album's contents are cover versions apart from title track Coming Home, which celebrates those who have made it back and remembers the fallen.

Royalties from the release by Sgt Maj Gary Chilton, Sgt Richie Maddocks and L/Cpl Ryan Idzi will go to charity.

Proceeds will go to the Army Benevolent Fund, Help For Heroes and other groups which support their colleagues.

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The band's cover versions include He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies, Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven and Lennon and McCartney's With a Little Help from my Friends.

Sgt Maddocks said: "They're feel-good songs that you'd associate with the guys in the army.

The Soldiers recorded their debut album during breaks in their duties

He said With a Little Help from my Friends was particularly pertinent.

"You could say that when you're a little bit down there's always someone there to pick you up, brush you down and get on with the day's work. That's just so typical of army life."

Sgt Maj Chilton said there were two or three tracks on the album that any soldier or civilian could relate to.

The title track was released earlier this month as a digital download.

Nick Patrick, who has worked with classical singers Russell Watson and Katherine Jenkins, produced the album.

At 24, L/Cpl Idzi is the youngest and most recognisable member of the band after making it through to the boot camp stage of ITV talent show The X Factor in 2007.



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