The pressures of the war affected every element of daily life for the people of Doncaster. Lots of men left the farming industry to serve in the military, and submarine warfare endangered food transportation. This led to food shortages across Britain and sent food prices sky high. Throughout the course of the war, sugar, margarine, butter, cheese and meat were all rationed.
Many soldiers were stationed in the town. They were billeted in private residences and buildings including people’s houses and schools. School children experienced upheaval in their education with relocations, disease and disruption. Despite this, people still found ways to entertain themselves, visiting the theatres and cinemas in around Doncaster.