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Leading banker Sir Philip Wilkinson was born into a devout Baptist family at Leyton on 8th May 1927 and attended Leyton County High School.  His ancestors included Burnham-on-Crouch fishermen.  His father worked for the Metropolitan Water Board. Philip Wilkinson joined Westminster Bank in the City in 1943 as soon as he left Leyton County High School at the age of 17. He served in the Royal Navy from 1943 and rejoined Westminster Bank in 1948.  He was marked as senior management potential by becoming secretary to the chief general manager in 1963. He became branch manager town of High Wycombe, his only appointment outside the City, from 1966 to 1968.  He then played a role in the growing eurodollar market. He raised a family in High Wycombe and remained a Baptist church member.  He was Chief Executive of National Westminster Bank 1983 to 1987, taking full advantage of the expansion under Margaret Thatcher of private incomes, house mortgage lending and London share dealing.

David Bailey, Ray Beverton, Peter Coker, Don Henderson, Shirley Lord, Philip Moon, Frank Muir, Ruth Rendell, Eric Shilling. Philip Wilkinson

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