Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:27 PM
From the list I have to hand, there are a few possibilities. Their association with 5 S Bty is based on the man's Medal Index Card, medal roll entry, and (where I've managed to trace them) service papers; I must stress that the MIC details do not always match the medal roll details (for example, the number of MICs quoting 5 Siege Battery exceed the nominal establishment of the battery when it went out to France in September 1914) - so they are not definitive.
Gunner 17309 Patrick Warnock
Gunner 31238 Patrick Walsh
Bombardier 24502 Percival Vine MM & Bar (outside possibility it could be a V?)
Lieutenant Colonel Percy Douglas Hamilton (the first OC 5 Siege Battery in France). I've not seen his service papers as yet and I'll need to check the 1914 war diary entries to see if the handwriting matches; he would be my favourite in this instance, but, as you say, the nature of the writing is very familiar. The 1901 census, interestingly, has him a Captain in the Royal Artillery at Dundonald in Ayshire.
Gunner 21310 Phillips Smyth (born in Dublin and attested in 1904 under the name of Peter Kirwan)
There are a few other 1914 men with the first initial P who possibly served with 5 S Bty at the time, but their other initials don't appear to be contenders:
Phillip Charles Bowers, Patrick Canning (this chap was more likely to be 5 Mountain Bty), Percy Carter, Patrick Connolly, Percy Harold Craggs, Patrick Crowley, P McNulty, Patrick J O'Connor, Percy C? Parker, and Percy Pruce.
(If you suspect any of these others I can post some more details.)
All the best