Chesterfield man Chris Henchliffe is still in a critical condition, after he was attacked in the town centre at the weekend.
The 26-year-old soldier suffered serious head injuries following the incident outside the Pomegranate Theatre in Corporation Street, Chesterfield, between 4am and 4.30am on Sunday.
Benjamin Edwards, 21, of Fieldview Place, Chesterfield, has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Henchliffe. He appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court for a preliminary hearing yesterday morning.
Two other 24-year-old men who were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital called police on Sunday to tell officers that Mr Henchliffe had been brought to A&E by ambulance.
According to Derbyshire police, he had been attacked by three men outside the Pomegranate Theatre.
Mr Henchliffe, who has serious head injuries, was later transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
Mr Henchcliffe is understood to be a member of the infantry of the British Army.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 190 of July 3.