William was a child of fiery temper and impetuous will, who grew up with little guidance, wanting to spend as little time as possible at home. It was clear from an early age that he was a leader. At the age of six he went to the select academy of Biddulph, where he seems to have learned very little owing to bad teaching. He was sent there because his father wanted William to be a gentleman. His parents sent him to the local church on Sundays, but he got nothing out of it.
When William was thirteen the bank called in the mortgage on their home and that was the end of his school days.
From my biography of William Booth on this website.