A C M Shephard served for twenty nine years and nine months in the Royal Navy, joining as a Boy 2nd Class in 1916. He was selected to be a signalman and served on a number of battleships and cruisers during the First World War and inter-war period. He was pensioned off in October 1939 as a Chief Yeoman of Signals, only to rejoin one day later on the outbreak of the Second World War. He spent most of WWII serving in destroyers where he received the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for his conduct in HMS Malcolm in action against enemy forces in the English Channel in 1940. Shephard finally retired in September 1945
- Distinguished Service Medal 1937-1948 - Instituted in 1914 for senior and junior ratings in the Navy. Awarded for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy for which the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal was not considered appropriate.
- British War Medal - Recognises the successful conclusion of the First World War. Its coverage was later extended to recognise service until 1920, recognising mine clearing operations at sea, and participation in operations in North and South Russia, the eastern Baltic, Siberia, the Black Sea and the Caspian.
- Victory Medal - Was issued to all those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star or the 1914-15 Star, and to most persons who had already qualified for the British War Medal. It was awarded to all New Zealand troops serving overseas, except for those who arrived in Samoa after 30 August 1914 and those serving in Great Britain only. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Allied War Medal", because the same basic design and double rainbow ribbon were adopted by 13 other allied nations.
- 1939-1945 Star - Recognises service in the Second World War. It was usually awarded for six months service in special operational areas. Those whose service was shortened by death, injury or capture or who were awarded a decoration or mentioned in despatches also qualified for the medal. Those who served a day or more in specified battles or invasions also qualified for this award. The ribbon has three equal vertical stripes of dark blue (symbolising Navy and Merchant Navy), red (symbolising Army) and light blue (representing Air Force).
- Atlantic Star - Awarded to personnel who served an additional 6 months in Home (United Kingdom), Atlantic or North Russian waters after first qualifying for the 1939-45 Star. The ribbon is water silk coloured blue, white and green. These colours symbolise service in the Atlantic Ocean, and in UK and North Russian waters.
- War Medal - Awarded across the British Commonwealth to all fulltime members of the Armed Force for 28 days service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 irrespective of where they were serving. On one side is an effigy of King George VI. On the reverse is a lion trampling on a dragon symbolising the Axis powers. The ribbon is the red, white and blue of the (British) Union Flag.
- Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal - Originally awarded for 21 years exemplary conduct, but the period was reduced to 10 years in 1874, then later increased to 15 years. In March 1981 commissioned officers became eligible after 15 years service, provided at least twelve of those were served in the ranks.
- Bronze Medallion - Issued to all veterans who took part in Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk 1940. Issued by the French Government.
- Cross of the European Confederation of Former-Combatants - Issued to all veterans who took part in Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk 1940. Issued by the French Government.
- Cross of the Veterans of King Albert I - Issued to all veterans who took part in Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk 1940. Issued by the French Government.
- Medal of the Royal Federation of the Veterans of King Albert I - Issued to all veterans who took part in Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk 1940. Issued by the French Government.