From the age of five to about 12 I was a child of World War II in England. Life was very restrictive for us all but interestingly enough I never felt deprived.   Of course, I did not know what I was missing!
There were things we didn’t have but I didn’t know we didn’t have them! I remember I never saw an orange until I was about 11 years old when my uncle brought me one.
He was Chief Engineer on a cruise ship converted to a cargo carrier bringing in ammunition etc The day he brought me an orange  I had no idea what to do with it so I bit into it like an Apple. life was simple, and looking back I think it was a very healthy diet we had lots of vegetables, there was a reasonable amount of fruit and very very little meat. The old rabbit that disappeared from the hutch was a real treat.
 We had to dig up our lawns to grow potatoes which grieved my father intensely. We had beautifully wrought iron gates and brick snd wrought iron front fence wall and they came and cut them off and took away the iron to use to make bombs. This did not please my mother at all. I think she cried for a week over that. But other than that Life went on normally. We went to school daily and of course, you had to take your damn gas mask everywhere. mine was Pluto I seem to remember various Mickey Mouse characters were part of the school. what is interesting is that we were very very good at recycling and houses were divided into blocks of seven for garbage disposal. so each house in that block had a different type of garbage bin, one was for paper one was metal tins and so on, Our bin was Fabric which was quite fortuitous.
 My mother was a costume designer for the ballet so every day it was Barbara‘s job when I was only about six or seven years old,  to go to the front of the yard and rake through the bin and pull out anything that was interesting and then I had to sit and pick out all the beads, all the zippers all the buttons and store them carefully little boxes and jars for my mother.
Of course, we had rationing and we had a coupon book with so many coupons for this and so many for that every month. and then there were the candy coupons!  We got about 6 ounces of sugar/candy a month. So your biggest thrill was when your aunt came (and I had many aunts) and they brought you a gift of D coupons and then you could go to the store with sixpence and buy a lollypop or something!
That was very exciting for me as a child. So no we didn’t feel deprived with the little we had
My father was an essential worker his factory became a  ship repair place so he didn’t have to go to war but he was an “Air Raid Warden”  and went out every night making sure people were totally blacked out, no light was peeping anywhere. Hull was of a big ship repair area so we got a fair amount of bombing. We never bombed out ourselves but our house was pretty shaken up and had quite large cracks in some walls.
As a child, my mother and I spent most of our nights in the air raid shelter which was a horrible little brick box at the end of our long garden. As a child, I slept under the stairs in the hallway. I did not sleep in my bed for many years because it was easier for my mother to grab me and run to the air-raid shelter, rather than have to run up the stairs.  So blankets and pillows under the stairs were normal for me.