@ Herr Nilsson,
you wrote :
I still do not understand, why changing of data and declarations was necessary at all.
If the saga of the court martial is right, there was absolutely no need for it.
Your scenario is cumbersome.
I see your doubts.
I would like to ask you if you have ever lived into a Military environment, ... either being a soldier or better if you have been an Officer.
Than I would like to ask you if you have ever worked out the paperwork's to ask for a decoration into a Military environment.
It is not an easy and simple process, ... and yes it can be defined " cumbersome " like you wrote, ... but it is necessary to protect the final authority signing the decorations, ... in this case the King which has been a Gunnery Officer in the Royal Navy.
You should realize that the documents needed to submit this decoration request must have been submitted from the lower lever Command chain ( the single ship Captain ) all the way up until the Admiralty that, ... after acceptance, ... was going to write the proposal for the King, ... referencing the documents received from the Home Fleet in this case.
As you can easily realize now, ... it was going to be impossible to submit documents outlining an improper conducts such as negligence, failure to engage, improper withdrawal ... or even worst.
Consequently, ... all the documents must describe an OUTSTANDING conduct, ... certified by the ALL chain of command up to the Admiralty, ... and after a written acknowledgement ... was going to submit the decoration request to the King.
The victory celebration with the decorations, ... was part of the propaganda needs on that moment.
Does it looks more clear what happened and why now ?
In order to honor a soldier, we have to tell the truth about what happened over there. The whole, hard, cold truth. And until we do that, we dishonor her and every soldier who died, who gave their life for their country. ( Courage Under Fire )