John Wilkie

Bank: National Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Dunfermline branch

Died: 19 April 1917


John Stewart Wilkie was born on 12 October 1885, the son of Andrew Wilkie and his wife. He was educated at Dunfermline High School. In November 1900, when he was 15 years old, he went to work for National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Dunfermline branch. In June 1904 he became a clerk at Edinburgh Gorgie branch, and in February 1914 he returned to Dunfermline, this time as teller.


For more than a decade before the outbreak of the First World War Wilkie was a member of the territorial Bankers' Company of the Royal Scots. He was mobilised with his battalion in August 1914. In November 1915 he was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry, and by 1917 held the rank of Captain. He was killed in action in France on 19 April 1917. He was 31 years old and left a widow, Madge.


John Wilkie is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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