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Gory riddle of grave cracked; ACOCKS GREEN: Victorian monument in memory of shooting victim.

Byline: By Anna Jeys

THE mystery surrounding the tallest monument in an Acocks Green graveyard has been unravelled thanks to a local history group.

Members of St Mary's Church had always wondered about the monument that sits in the graveyard of the Warwick Road church and bears the name Emily Palmer.

Locals and church members thought the impressive gravestone belonged to a local aristocrat or wealthy family but have now found the real story behind the mystery.

Member of Acocks Green Historical Society found that Emily was shot in the White Hart pub, Birmingham City Centre, on December 27, 1884 by a man called Henry Kimberley.

Kimberley had apparently had a row with his common law wife, Harriet Stewart, and had shot at her but Mrs Palmer intervened.

She died on January 8, 1885 and was buried in the cemetery six days later but Miss

Emily's husband, Thomas Palmer, died three years later and is also included on the memorial.

Mike Bryne, chairman of

Stewart survived the shoot out.

The murderer was hanged in Winson Green prison on March 17.

Acocks Green Historical Society, said: "We found out about the memorial because we were doing some research on the history of Fox Hollies.

"I was interviewing Derek Wilkes, who lives there, and this was one of many stories he told me. Then we checked it all out."

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HENRY KIMBERLEY.' TRAGIC END... the gravestone monument at Acocks Green cemetery in memory of Emily Palmer.
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