The Racecourse

Doncaster Racecourse contributed heavily to the war effort. At first it was ‘business as usual’ but soon race meetings were called off due to the war. It was home to a runway for military planes and by February of 1916 the Racecourse had become a key runway for the Royal Flying Corps with aircraft taking off regularly. From the outbreak of war the Racecourse also housed a camp for soldiers; however, not everyone was entirely happy about this. In May 1915, Doncaster Council made a claim to the military for ‘dilapidation and damage’ done to the race stands by the camping soldiers.

Via Doncaster Archives

Doncaster Chronicle 28 August 1914. Doncaster Local Studies Library.