1883–1945 Bill NICKNAME:
Sharp-shooting with pistols, EXPERTISE: high-stress point shooting (instinctive shooting without sights) and close physical combat. “And then kick him in NOTABLE QUOTES: the testicles.” Shooting to Live PUBLICATIONS: (co-authored with William Fairbairn) Sykes died of a WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: heart attack in May 1945. The autopsy said it was “caused by overwork, anxiety and standing about in snow, rain and mud”. Sykes had previously said that “he didn’t want recognition” for his work. All he ever wanted was to preserve the lives of as many saboteurs as possible. An unnamed lady, perhaps his lover, described him as “the kindest, straightest man I have ever met”.