Thomson was educated in the University of Edinburgh. After graduated from university, he came to Hong Kong as a cadet.
During his tenure, he took up some important posts like the defence secretary (1950) and held up the post of deputy colonial secretary until his early death in 1952. He was buried in Hong Kong Cemetery.
One of his interesting trivia is, there was a youth hostel named after him in Yau Ma Tei. <Read more ...>
Robert was interned as a HK defence volunteer in Shamshuipo POW camp, and later was shipped off to Amoy, Shanghai, and Peking for forced labour. He assumed he had been headed for Japan when the war ended.
In camp he worked in the kitchens as often as possible, so as to get the more nutritious scrapings and rice husks from the bottom of the pans.
He also became adept at catching flies in his fist to relieve the boredom, after studying their habits when disturbed. A good party trick in later years. <Read more ...>