"CASSANDRA" (WILLIAM CONNER, 1909-1967)
Conner left school at sixteen and tried to join the Royal Navy but was rejected because of his poor eyesight, taking on a series of clerical jobs before finding work as a copywriter for J. Walter Thompson. After six years at the agency he was recruited by Harry Guy Bartholomew, the editorial director of the Daily Mirror, and in 1934 they decided to turn the Daily Mirror into a tabloid newspaper. Connor, who wrote under the name Cassandra, helped to shape this new approach to journalism. Connor held left-wing political opinions and was a strong opponent of fascism, and in the 1930s he wrote several powerful articles against Neville Chamberlain and his appeasement policy. On the outbreak of the Second World War, Connor introduced his friend Philip Zec to Bartholomew, who liked Zec's work and commissioned him to do a daily cartoon. Connor often supplied Zec with the ideas and captions, before he joined the British Army. and served in Italy with Hugh Cudlipp where they produced the forces paper Union Jack. In 1965, Harold Wilson, the Labour prime minister, granted him a knighthood.
(Adapted from https://spartacus-educational.com/Jcassandra.htm)