Town Fields

Town Fields hosted many sporting events throughout the war effort. One of these, held in July of 1918, was a sports day promoted by the R.A.F.

Competitors came from all around including Retford, Mexborough and York. Among those competing were American soldiers who were reportedly excellent at high jump and long jump. There was a women’s tug-of-war between Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps workers and Government employed women and many men from Doncaster won prizes

 “Enjoyable sports promoted by the R.A.F were held on the Town Moor on thursday last, when competitors attended from various centres including Retford, Beverley, Driffield, Mexborough and York. Among the competitors were a number of Americans, who particularly distinguished themselves in the high jump and long jump competitions. A tug-of-war with for W.A.A.C.’s and Government employed girls was won by Mrs. Carr’s team. Segreant-Major Long, Doncaster, secured four first and three second prizes, and other first prize winners were First Air Mechanic Brissenden, Beverley, Corporal Fowler, Doncaster, Sergeant Lyons, Beverley; Sergeant Hadley, Beverley, First A.M. Bridger, Doncaster, Sergt-Major Crisp, Doncaster; 2nd A.M. Ward, Doncaster, 2nd A.M. Butcher, Beverley, Corporal Brant, Doncaster, 2nd A.M. Oliver, East Retford, Pte. Stark and Corporal Cooper, Beverley. The Notts and Derby Regiment attended and gave selections during the afternoon.’”
Doncaster Gazette, July 19 1918 page 1