Known as 'The Men in Scarlet', The Chelsea Pensioners will be performing tracks from their debut album live on QVC on Friday 12th November at 9am.
Watch them singing 'Bless them all' and read about the Pensioners below to find out more…
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Who are the Chelsea Pensioners?
David Poultney – age 81
General Service Corps 3 years, Royal Engineers 12 years
The producer says of David; "I knew the idea was going to work at the very first audition when David stood up and sang 'Danny Boy' and it brought a lump to my throat."
David says of the group; "I never had the opportunity to sing in the army because I was always on the go… There’s so much talent hidden amongst these men and it’ll do a world of good to them and the Royal Hospital."
Paddy Fox – age 78
35 years in 15th/19th Hussars
Today he is the Royal Hospital’s chief tour guide, tends two allotments, works in the chapel at weekends and has been adopted by four schools.
Paddy says the singing has taken him by surprise: "None of our family can sing… I sing in the corridors, which is how they found me!"
Malcolm 'Mal' Smart MBE – age 69
28 years in the Royal Signals
Mal says of the Chelsea Pensioners; "I feel very proud of being in scarlet because outside we're given overwhelming hospitality and respect. I am symbolic of all the nation’s fighting soldiers."
Denis Shiels – age 81
13 years with Royal Marines, 10 years with Lancashire Fusiliers
Denis says of the Royal Hospital; "It’s great here. I’d rather have the wife back but this is certainly the next best thing."
Michael Allen – age 68
24 years with the Royal Engineers and the Royal Military Police
Michael says of the Chelsea Pensions; "We’ve been around the world and got the T-shirt but we get quite emotional. The Albert Hall Remembrance Service absolutely wrecks us every year! Underneath, we’ve all got a lot of memories."
John Shuter – age 88
77 years and 4 months with the Royal Artillery
John on his acceptance in the Royal Hospital: "I never thought I would qualify as I was never a regular soldier but I do have a war disability pension for war wounds. It was nothing dramatic, I got blasted, knocked over and broke blood vessels and ended up in hospital. It’s no fun growing old but as it's going to happen anyway this is a very good place to be."
Thomas Fox – age 79
24 years and 7 months with the Royal Artillery and the Royal Military Police
Tom on singing: "I used to be in a choir when I was a boy and I was also a military trumpeter. I knew all the chords but only had an E flat trumpet! I also like poetry, which doesn’t do well for my image as a warrant officer in the Military Police!"
Find out more about them in this interview clip…