Sir George Henry Wilkinson, 1st Bt was born on 20 July 1885. He became a member of the Court of Common Council (Queenhithe Ward) 1923-33, Alderman (Aldersgate Ward) 1933, Sheriff 1931-32 and Lord Mayor 1940-41. He was created Baronet in 1941 - The Wilkinson Baronetcy of Brook in Whitley, Surrey. The title was created on 8 December 1941. George was governor of Freemason's, St Bartholomew's, St Thomas's and King's College. He was on many Ecclesiastical and City committees. He became Master of the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers in 1943.
George married Frederika (Freda) Dorothy Volland, daughter of Robert Volland, on 11 September 1912 and they had two children, Eileen (17 Mar 1916) and Leonard (18 Jan 1920). He became a Knight Commander, Royal Victorian Order (K.C.V.O.) IN 1956. He died on 27 June 1967 at the age of 81