Three KIA's from the Great War were named John Walkden, though there are others with similar names, but only 3 exact matches.
All came from in or around Manchester and the plaque came to me from Merseyside, so unfortunately that does not narrow it down enough to confirm to whom it was for.
Name Rank Service Number Date of Death Age Regiment / Service Service Country Grave /
Memorial Reference Cemetery / Memorial Name Docs.
Private 16578 28/04/1917 East Lancashire Regiment United Kingdom Bay 6. ARRAS MEMORIAL
Private 24506 26/09/1916 24 Manchester Regiment United Kingdom Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Private 10992 07/11/1914 Royal Welsh Fusiliers United Kingdom Panel 22. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Of the 3, the one it would suit me most to be would be John Walkeden who served with 1/RWF and was KIA in November 1914 when the battalion was already down to its last 200 men after being decimated in October and then again on the day he died reducing it so badly that it was for while amalgamated into another unit.
Name: John Walkden
Birth Place: All Saints, Manchester
Residence: Gorton, Manchester
Death Date: 7 Nov 1914
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Hyde
Regiment: The Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regimental Number: 10992
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Unless I can track down the location of the plaques to the 3 men, it is impossible to confirm whose it was, but either way it will be treated with honour in my collection.