Son of the Rev. William E. Codling (1844-1903; e.m. 1865), he was born on 30 November 1876 at Lytham, Lancs. Educated at Rydal School and London University, he joined the Civil Service and in 1900 was posted to the Local Government Department in Dublin. In 1923 he elected to remain there and was transferred to the Department of Finance in the Irish Free State. He was very influential in establishing its standards. He served on the Irish Connexional Committees on Public Questions and Overseas Missions and represented Irish Methodism on the Committee of the MMS. He was secretary of the Strangers' Friend Society, Dublin. He died at Newcastle, Co. Down on 10 November 1950.