He's listed on page J129 of the 1939 Blue Book, working as a Sanitary Inspector, having first joined the Hong Kong civil service on 6th Feb, 1931.
There's a Robert Arthur Simpson listed as a Private in the HKVDC on Tony Banham's website. I assume he is the same man.
UK Allied Prisoners of War
Robert Arthur James Simpson born 27 June 1907 Brentwood Essex son of John Charles Simpson and Christina Mabel Simpson Lance Corporal HKVDC
UK Death Index
Robert Arthur J Simpson born 27 June 1907 died 1986 in Fulham London
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