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.