During the First World War, Doncaster’s country houses contributed to the war effort in a number of ways. The sons of the houses joined the military and encouraged their male workers of military age to do the same. Workers were assured that their jobs would be left open for when they returned. As a result many masters and workers served alongside each other as officers and privates.
The war threatened the traditional patterns of inheritance of the country house. Many heirs to great estates served as officers and often died leading their troops into battle. As a result some country houses were left without a male heir.